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How are respiratory failure and respiratory arrest different?

How are respiratory failure and respiratory arrest different?

Partial versus full: The job of the respiratory system, breathing, is to get oxygen from the air into the body ( the oxygen is fuel just like it is for a fire). It is also to eliminate the waste gas which is carbon dioxide. When the respiratory system can not do this job and either oxygen levels drop or carbon dioxide levels in the blood go up it's respiratory failure. If one stopped breathing its respiratory arrest ...Read more

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Respiratory Failure (Definition)

Respiratory failure describes the condition where a person is unable to breathe in enough oxygen to supply the tissues of their body. Respiratory failure can occur in severe cases of asthma, pneumonia, or any condition that prevents a ...Read more


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Symptoms of kidney failure?

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Symptoms of kidney failure?

Many: Fatigue, anemia, fluid retention, lower extremity swelling/edema, all the way to confusion, coma, or cardiac arrhythmias due to electrolyte imbalance. ...Read more

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Kidney failure symptoms?

Kidney failure symptoms?

Uremia: If you have renal failure and is unable to excrete toxins and excess electrolytes/water from your body, you are likely to have symptoms and signs of uremia. They include nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, diffuse itching, and lethargy in addition to having fluid retention. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver failure?

Symptoms of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure is usually do to some inflammatory process damaging the liver. Jaundice, nausea, vomitting, itching, bruising and bleeding are associated woth liver failire. ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure? Symptoms .

What is congestive heart failure?  Symptoms .

Hrt StiffnessWeaknes: With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases driving congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells. ...Read more

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What are some congestive heart failure symptoms?

What are some congestive heart failure symptoms?

Several: 1. Shortness of breath with activity 2. Lower extremity edema / fluid retention 3. Weight gain secondary to #2 4. Sleeping on several pillows or upright due to shortness of breath laying flat 5. Waking up in the middle of the night due to shortness of breath. 6. Fatigue with exertional activity. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure usually cause many symptoms?

Does congestive heart failure usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Typical symptoms are shortness of breath, swelling to the extremities, easy fatigue and poor exercise tolerance. ...Read more

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How can you clinically differentiate respiratory failure from heart failure?

How can you clinically differentiate respiratory failure from heart failure?

Can be difficult: ... Because the two are connected. You should see a doctor. History and physical exam, as well as imaging studies like chest xray, or, if indicated, ct or echo, can be helpful. ...Read more

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What is COPD respiratory failure?

What is COPD respiratory failure?

Lung failure: Respiratory failure is the inability of the lung to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. One of the main causes is COPD with decreased air flow and increased work of breathing . This may cause hypoxemia or hypercarbia or both.Treatment is designed to reverse those abnormalities including oxygen and bronchodilators. Mechanical support may be required for resistent disease. ...Read more

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Can a cardiac arrest cause respiratory failure?

Yes...: Cardiac arrest means that the heart is no longer beating. When the heart stops, breathing also stops, called a respiratory arrest. However, a person can stop breathing even though their heart is still beating; the reverse cannot be true! ...Read more

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What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

SOB & edema: Sob & edema are typical...Chest x-ray & echocardiogram are usually part of the initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Can lisinopril improve symptoms for congestive heart failure?

Can lisinopril improve symptoms for congestive heart failure?

CHF and lisinopril: Lisinopril can help treat congestive heart failure (chf). It is cardio-protective and can be used effectively with diuretics and a low sodium diet. Ask your doctor for more details on how it can work in certain patients. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure cause hallucinations?

Does congestive heart failure cause hallucinations?

No.: No. If a person with CHF were having hallucinations, I'd suspect a medication side effect. People with CHF take a lot of pills. ...Read more

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Can anaphylaxis cause congestive heart failure?

Can anaphylaxis cause congestive heart failure?

Only at the moment: It may cause cardiovascular collapse when the anaphylaxis is severe. This is more from reduction of plasma volume in the vascular bed than actual cardiac failure- but the result would be the same since the heart will not be able to provide enough blood supply to the body. CHF is from the heart's inability to pump enough blood through your vascular system despite adequate or even high plasma volume. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of acute kidney failure?

What are symptoms of acute kidney failure?

Low urine output: Acute kidney failure results in low or no urine output, fluid overload, and hypertension. ...Read more

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How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently. ...Read more

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Can trace mitral valve regurgitation cause any respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath?

Can trace mitral valve regurgitation cause any respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath?

Mitral regurgitation: No, a trace of mitral regurgitation is normal. If such a person is short of breath, there are usually other causes. Significant heart or lung problems, like copd, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation are major causes, but allergies, asthma, smoking, and anxiety are some of the common causes. If the amount of shortness of breath is clearly more than others your age, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of respiratory failure?

So what are the symptoms of respiratory failure?

Difficulty breathing: Strictly speaking respiratory failure is when there is 1) failure of the drive to breathe 2)inadequate air flow 3)inadequate transport of oxygen 4) failure of the chest wall and diaphragm 5) lung disease which limits the performance of normal lung functions. Sometimes artificial support with mechanical ventilation can temporarily provide time for the lung to repair. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of end stage respiratory failure?

What are the main symptoms of end stage respiratory failure?

Wide range....: There are a wide range of symptoms depending on if the respiratory failure results in carbon dioxide elevation or just low oxygen levels. Low oxygen levels can cause shortness of breath at rest when end-stage, fatigue, mental status change whereas high carbon dioxide levels can cause confusion, sleepiness. The skin can look blue especially at the fingertips, toes, lips. Coma and death can occur. ...Read more

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Why do people get respiratory failure?

Why do people get respiratory failure?

Many reasons: They may have underlying lung disease which is made worse by an infection or other trigger, or they may have an overwhelming other problem such as a heart attack, stroke, sepsis, major trauma or a variety of other things. Bottom line, there is a failure to oxygenate, or failure to ventilate, or both. Treatment and prognosis depends on all of the above. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can i die from acute respiratory failure?

Can i die from acute respiratory failure?

Yes: That is what most people die with that is when there is inadequate oxygenation and the ability to breath. ...Read more

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What are the tests for respiratory failure?

What are the tests for respiratory failure?

Depends...: The diagnosis of respiratory failure is typically made on the basis of abgs and the overall clinical picture. But, the cause of the respiratory failure needs to be diagnosed so it can be treated. To diagnose the cause of the respiratory failure requires a diagnostic work-up beginning with a history and physical exam which will then determine the rest of the work-up. ...Read more

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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

See below: In response to shock, the body secretes many substances, called cytokines, which may be damaging to the lungs causing an acute inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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How painful is death from respiratory failure?

How painful is death from respiratory failure?

It varies: If you see people who are drowning, they really struggle at the beginning. People who develop resp failure from sepsis or copd, they suffer initially, but as the co2 rises it serves as a narcotic and we see them gasping but probably not suffering once consciousness wanes. But acute resp failure from any cause makes someone struggle. So please don't do anything bad. ...Read more

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In what way can shock cause respiratory failure?

What kind???: There are different types of shock so the precise answer depends on the type of shock you are asking about. But, in general, shock results in an inflammatory cascade which can cause respiratory failure mainly due to the build up of acids in the blood. The acids result in the person having to increase their breathing and this can lead to fatigue making ventilator support necessary. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone has respiratory failure?

What does it mean when someone has respiratory failure?

Two types: The lung does two things, it provides oxygen and eliminates co2. If either fails then that is respiratory failure, and the causes can be many; (pneumonia, severe asthma attack, severe emphysema, heart failure, muscular weakness, lung injusry from fire, drugs, inhalation injry etc., ). Respiratory failure can also be acute or chronic. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get respiratory failure, or is it unusual?

Not unusual...: There are lots of reasons for respiratory failure and some of them are rather common so respiratory failure itself is not all that uncommon, unfortunately! ...Read more

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What number of people on average die of respiratory failure?

RESP Failure: If you're referring to Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome or ARDS, there are about 200,000 cases with 75,000 deaths annually ...Read more

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How are respiratory failure and respiratory arrest different?

Partial versus full: The job of the respiratory system, breathing, is to get oxygen from the air into the body ( the oxygen is fuel just like it is for a fire). It is also to eliminate the waste gas which is carbon dioxide. When the respiratory system can not do this job and either oxygen levels drop or carbon dioxide levels in the blood go up it's respiratory failure. If one stopped breathing its respiratory arrest ...Read more

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How does a respiratory failure differ from a respiratory arrest?

See below: Resp arrest refers to someone who stopped breathing for whatever reason. Resp failure means someone is struggling to breathe and needs support, usually by invasive or non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (cpap/bipap or the respirator). These terms may be interchangeable, i.e. If resp arrest patients are resuscitated, they will be in resp failure, and resp failure may progress to resp arrest. ...Read more

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Does a person with respiratory failure suffer intensely before dying?

Does a person with respiratory failure suffer intensely before dying?

Should not: A patient with respiratory failure is often on a ventilator with a breathing tube in place. Sedation and pain medications are given to help the patient stay comfortable. Sometimes if a dying patient is not on a ventilator, pain medications and sedatives are given even though they may depress breathing more. This may be appropriate as part of palliative care. No one should suffer intensely. ...Read more

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What's the difference between respiratory failure and respiratory arrest?

What's the difference between respiratory failure and respiratory arrest?

Nothing: They are largely undefined terms which can refer to roughly the same thing. Respiratory arrest usually implies you completely stopped breathing, which is rare, but can happen with severe asthma attacks, copd, airway obstruction etc., respiratory failure can be chronic, acute, and caused by dozens if not hundreds of different underlying problems. ...Read more

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What is COPD respiratory failure?

Lung failure: Respiratory failure is the inability of the lung to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. One of the main causes is COPD with decreased air flow and increased work of breathing . This may cause hypoxemia or hypercarbia or both.Treatment is designed to reverse those abnormalities including oxygen and bronchodilators. Mechanical support may be required for resistent disease. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for respiratory failure?

What is the treatment for respiratory failure?

Depends...: Respiratory failure results when a person is not able to adequately ventilate themselves. This can be caused by many conditions so part of the treatment is to treat the underlying cause. In the meantime, the patient would likely need oxygen therapy, non-invasive or even invasive artificial ventilation, depending on the severity of the respiratory failure. Abgs would help determine initial therapy. ...Read more

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How does respiratory failure lead to papilledema?

Not connected : In the intensive care unit where i practice, respiratory failure and papilledema can occur in the same situation but one does not cause the other. I can think of situations such as high blood pressure emergency causing both, or trauma situation, or meningitis etc. This is typically a very dire situation where danger of dying or remaining handicapped for the rest of one's life is quite high. ...Read more

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What is the cause of death for respiratory failure?

What is the cause of death for respiratory failure?

See below: There are two types of respiratory failure - hypoxic where the body does not get enough oxygen, and hypercapneic, where the lungs cannot wash out the carbon dioxide. Either one can cause death. Usually, we can give supplemental oxygen or help with various machines to blow off the co2 but if the underlying lung disease cannot be reversed, that results in death. ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more