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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema,an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators,doc refused saying they wont work?

What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema,an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators,doc refused saying they wont work?

Exercise: Graded exercise for respiratory patients is your best bet. You should look for a structured program supervised by an exercise physiologist. We call this "Pulmonary Rehabilitation". If your oxygen saturation drops to ...Read more

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Why am I on Zemaria augmentation therapy? Web says to qualify uM should be less than 11 mine is 19.4. I am PiMZ. Have Emphysema , COPD O2 3 lit.

Why am I on Zemaria augmentation therapy? Web says to qualify  uM should be less than 11 mine is 19.4. I am PiMZ.   Have Emphysema , COPD O2 3 lit.

Complicated: This should be discussed with your lung doc. You may want a second or third opinion lung doc to feel comfortable with the decisions. Life is short and no reason to wait. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options fo stage 3 copd?My oxygen saturation levels are between 92 & 98, what causes my shortenss of breath even though I have "normal" oxygen levels?

Shortness of breath.: Your shortness of breath could be caused by an increase work of breathing. Because of the COPD, you may be working harder in order to achieve a normal oxygen level. You sense this increased work of breathing as shortness of breath. Also, if your oxygen level decreases with activity, this may lead to shortness of breath and requires oxygen therapy. A 6 minute walk test may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...Read more

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Will oxygen therapy help improve long term lung problems such as COPD or malformations?

Will oxygen therapy help improve long term lung problems such as COPD or malformations?

No: Oxygen therapy is not a "cure" or fix of problems in the lungs. But, if you need oxygen and you do not use it, then you may cause damage to other organs including the heart. The use of oxygen will also allow you to do more things that otherwise, you would not be able due to dyspnea. Oxygen doesn't fix problems, but if you donn't use it you may develop other problems and you will be more limited. ...Read more

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Could oxygen therapy help improve long term lung problems such as COPD or malformations?

Could oxygen therapy help improve long term lung problems such as COPD or malformations?

Hypoxia: In people who are deemed to need oxygen from any cause but especially copd, because they are hypoxic, studies show that the only treatment that can prolong life is oxygen. All the others, such as steroid, bronchodilators, make the person feel better but don't prolong survival, if everything else equal. ...Read more

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Is it true that people with emphysema shouldn't breathe 100% oxygen?

Is it true that people with emphysema shouldn't breathe 100% oxygen?

Yes and No: Patients with emphysema are at some risk for developing high carbon dioxide levels (hypercapnea) if given high doses of oxygen. The oxygen will displace the carbon dioxide off of the red blood cell resulting in higher blood levels (haldane effect). However, hypoxia (low oxygen) is more likely to kill a patient than hypercapnea (high co2) so using high dose oxygen may be needed. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for emphysema?

What is the best treatment for emphysema?

Stop smoking!: Stopping smoking and (if needed) wearing oxygen are the two treatments with clear benefits. Weight loss (if overweight), exercise, and inhalers reduce the number of hospitalizations a patient has. Rare causes of emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency) can be treated directly, but there is no treatment that reverses the lung injury caused by the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more