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Problems Breathing Fuel Over Period Lead Obstructive Lung Disease
Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?
Not certain: The department of defense has done research on this subject and does not believe that there are long term side effects from jet fuel exposure. There might be evidence to the contrary. Jet fuel exposure is not commonly considered a risk factor for copd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not alwasy: The more inefficient the damaged lung becomes at eliminating co2 the more you have to work to breath and the more work the more co2 you make. Once co2 is up for a period of time your body stops responding to theco2 &switches to o2 for the drive. Thus co2 rises even more as the body stops response to co2. This makes o2 dangerous to use. Most COPD get no rise in co2. You need a blood test to know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking ? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.
Life style changes!: Some damage to lungs will be reversed - some might not fully resolve but no matter what - It's a good idea to arrest any damage, fix some and prevent other problems. So do make serious efforts to stop now! Also - the same goes for maintaining a healthy weight. You need not look like a model - but having a healthy BMI will help your whole body too. Change is hard, but it can be satisfying and good! ...Read more
Discharge letter "subtle ventilation defect seen lower right lobe of lung airways disease (infection) possibility ? Does this mean copd or worse?
Does sleep apnea cause heart disease very quickly(few years)? Or is heart disease more associated with long standing sleep apnea(many years/decades)?
Depends on severity: & resulting severity of: hypoxemia, resulting pulmonary hypertension & severity of underlying coronary artery disease (in 1/2 of US citizens by age 7, per >8 decades US autopsy studies; yet asymptomatic for decades; arteries enlarge: http://goo.gl/aRhOU2. Narrowings, most clinically silent, result from sudden plaque ruptures & clots). Thus there is no reliable answer-too many individual variables. ...Read more
Not sure...: I'm not sure I understand your question. COPD is not typically a disease diagnosed in infancy! There is a form of COPD, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency and can be diagnosed at an earlier age. But, this is usually not diagnosed in infancy but rather in early adulthood. Please ask the question again if I am misunderstanding it! ...Read more
Do I have heart failure? I'm 18 with sleep apnea, chronic stress, hbp, fatigue, palpatation, short of breath and many other issues that aren't solved
Lungs takes involuntary sudden breath why? Im asthmatic and possibly vascular diease problems. Is all associated together?
Airflow resistance: Think of the lungs as a giant balloon. The critical point in the system is the neck of the balloon. The narrower the neck, the harder it is for air to flow in and out. In chronic obstructive lung disease the bronchial tubes are narrower due to mucous, swelling, inflammation and sometimes loss of support structures. The straw analogy relates to the airflow limitation through smaller tubes/airways. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.
Narrow airways: The straw represents narrow air passages.Get a more detailed answer ›
Shortness of breath, left side chest tightness/tenderness.Had every cardiac test avail.Not cardiac related. Previous valley fever, possibly back? Poor quality of life do to breathing issue. Er visit?
Probably not: If your symptoms are chronic in nature, the er is not the best place for you to be evaluated. Go back to your regular phsyician, who knows your entire story. Ask if there is any other specialist who might be helpful in solving your difficult problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can ssri's/snri's cause shortness of breath(shallow breathing) in heart patients. 2 stents in lad..Never had this problem before stents?
Not usual: Although ssris/snris don't generally cause breathing difficulty, one cannot exclude the possibility that you are having an atypical rxn. The only way to know is to stop the med temporarily, and then reintroduce it. Meanwhile, you need a stress test to be sure one of your stents isn't failing (developing "in-stent restenosis". ...Read more
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