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Lung Capacity Percentage
I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or am i being unrealistic.?
Mostly unrealistic: If your lung function falls with illness it implies airway inflammation from the illness with decreased flow. Other considerations include neuromuscular disease worsening with illness. Genetics determine our total lung capacity and the number of alveoli in a lung is predetermined according to crapo and no amount of exercise can change that. Once you lose alveoli there is no recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Why? : The answer is not with adequate consistency to get a good study, but why would you want to do that? These tests are expensive and time consuming, why would you waste your own and everyone else's time to do it. ...Read more
Lung function: Usually a lung capacity is the total amount of air you can take & hold upon a deep breath. It is part of the lung capacities (TLC, IC, EC) & function. 3 basic capacities: Total lung cac. inspiratory capacity & expiratory capacities. If decreased is a restrictive problem like in fibrosis but many others. if increase is an obstructiver air problem (asthma, COPD, etc) ...Read more
Lung capacity: Is essentially the volume of air that fills your lungs. Ways to increase are breathing exercises ( deep breathing, blowing up balloons, etc. ) and exercise, especially cardio. Athletes are always looking for ways to increase their lung capacities to improve performance. Lots of websites out there about it. Also, stop smoking if you do and optimize your asthma treatment if you are asthmatic. ...Read more
Need to find out why: During a pulmonary function test, there are typically three measurements taken. First, how well the air "moves" in and out of the lungs. Copd, asthma, bronchitis, etc are things that would cause it to drop. Second, the efficiency of oxygen transfer is measured, the diffusion. Last, the lung sizes are measured. Again, which value is down and why its down is the most important thing to find. ...Read more
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