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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
I can no longer swallow with out severe spasms in my upper chest. Chest is also spasming a lot. Had 37cm Hiatus a Hernia 3 years ago. What do I do?
What could cause an hour long episode of deep dull central chest pain spasming to neck and jaw. It was not heart.?
Central chest pain: As described at the reported age a cardiac cause is primary concern;go to the nearest A&E/ER department now. ...Read more
I am going back to the doc something feels not right. My chest muscles keep spasming with my chostochondtitis and my heart rate shoots up.
Good idea: Especially if you are feeling cardiac symptoms, you definitely should go back and be seen for further evaluation. ...Read more
2/17/17, lateral fracture left 8th rib. Having stabbing pains in left side, heart, lung, and spasms and feeling of innards rolling around. Concern?
Hard to say: Rib Fx's can cause a lot of pain for a long time and can cause spasms. This is expected. See your MD for evaluation and mess If needed. If still concerned a chest XRay could be ordered. ...Read more
Airway spasms?: If you mean airway spasms, then pulmonary function tests without and with bronchodilators, especially during one of these episodes of spasms. ...Read more
left lung is in spasm, she is being treated with 3 liters of O2 via nasal cannula, steroids, antibiotic and nebulizer trmts every 4 hours. Her O2 stats continue to drop, the are now in the mid 80s. Is there anything else to be done?
Cultures of Respiratory secretions may be sent for bacterial, fungal and viral diagnostic testing.
In addition, if she is wheezing Albuterol may be given more frequently as tolerated. Another bronchodilator may also be added. A non invasive ventilation device may help. Chest imaging studies can rule out a collection of fluid around the lung, or collapse of the lung.
Chest spasms: That's a difficult question to answer in this short space. I would recommend that you speak with your primary care physician or with a physician who specializes in lung disease. ...Read more
Vocal and bronchial spasms, feels like I can't breathe though lungs are fine. What can I do to treat it? Ways to stay calm during flare-up??
Descriptive term: This is a term used to describe the lung fields on an x-ray that show little change in degree of density between normally dense areas like heart and bones and the lungs. Dense areas like bone show up white, if the lung areas that are supposed to be filled with air show up white instead of dark, it implys that the lung tissue is filled with dense material like water making it opaque., . ...Read more
Emphysema: A bulla is an air space in the lung measuring more than one centimeter in diameter in the distended state. Giant bullae develop as a result of cigarette smoking. Patients with HIV and IV drug users can also have bullous lung disease. Patients may have shortness of breath with exertion or at rest. Surgical removal is called bullectomy. ...Read more
Black Lung: Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (cwp), colloquially referred to as black lung disease, is caused by long exposure to coal dust. It is a common affliction of coal miners and others who work with coal, similar to both silicosis from inhaling silica dust, and to the long-term effects of tobacco smoking. Inhaled coal dust progressively builds up in the lungs and is unable to be removed by the body. ...Read more
Several ways: The most common problem is pleurisy (pain on taking a breath) due to inflammation of the covering layer of the lungs. Lupus patients can also have infiltrates within the lungs, blood clots (pulmonary emboli), or bleeding into the lung tissue. Aside from pleurisy, most of these problems are very uncommon. ...Read more
Many things: Lung haziness is nonspecific and refers to some area of increased density. This can represent acute or chronic disease. This finding has to be correlated with reason for having chest exam and clinical symptoms. Some times represents scarring or fibrosis, inflammation or infection, or possibly tumor. Sometimes CT necessary to better define the density. You should ask your DR. For clarification. ...Read more
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
Fix the root cause: Talk to your doctor, find out the extent of lung damage if any, get a diagnosis, avoid ongoing exposures that might worsen lung function, avoid smoking and smokers, check your work and home environment, consider pet related issues, take medications (if any recommended) as advised, watch your weight and diet, exercise regularly. ...Read more
Almost anything: Just about anything can cause a nodule in the lung. Most important test is to look at an old xray and see if this nodule is new or old. If it is old and not growing it is likely benign. If it is new or growing it may need further eval which could include advanced imaging or a biopsy. ...Read more