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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 are the long term affects of lack of oxygen to legs in emphysema?

What are the long term affects of lack of oxygen to legs in emphysema?

Bad: Lack of oxygen in emphysema is general and not localized to one part of the body. Most critical and sensitive parts are brain and heart. If there is additional poor circulation to the legs, lack of oxygen will contribute to leg cramps, leg pain, nerve damage, poor wound healing and gangrene. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long term affects of lack of oxygen to legs in emphysema?

Could you tell me what are long term affects of lack of oxygen to legs in emphysema?

Oxygen delivery: Lack of oxygen to any part of the body from any cause may cause ischemia. This causes the cells to do their work via alternate pathways. This causes Lactic Acid buildup pain and eventually cell death. Claudication is a term you may have heard when there is poor circulation to the legs causing pain. The poor circulation reduces the amount of oxygen delivered. ...Read more

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Everything feels cramped.. My legs my feet my knees what do I do it feels like a lack of O2 through my body?

Everything feels cramped.. My legs my feet my knees what do I do it feels like a lack of O2 through my body?

Several: Low Pottasium is the common cause of cramp. Calcium for malnutrion situations, Magnesium for alcohol over use situations. Start with bannanas, fruit juce. See PMD for blood test and Dx, TT ...Read more

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Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Yes: As long as your o2 sats stay at 90% or above, your cells will get plenty of oxygen, and you can exercise safely on oxygen. There is very little increased benefit with o2 sats greater than 90%. The key is to stay above 90%. ...Read more

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Can I have very severe emphysema and need no oxygen?

Can I have very severe emphysema and need no oxygen?

Is possible: It is possible that one can have severe emphysema and not need oxygen. Can have oxygen levels checked with walking as well as at rest to assess need for oxygen. ...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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A person with emphysema often needs to be given supplemental oxygen, but why is it important?

A person with emphysema often needs to be given supplemental oxygen, but why is it important?

O2 is good.: Long term oxygen therapy has been shown in some trials to improve mortality. It has also been shown in other trials to improve quality of life, reduce depression, improve cognitive function, improve exercise capacity, and reduce frequency of hospitalization. ...Read more

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My mom has emphysema and COPD and is on oxygen... Her nose constantly runs and it's always very cold what can we do to stop the drainage... ?

My mom has emphysema and COPD and is on oxygen... Her nose constantly runs and it's always very cold what can we do to stop the drainage... ?

COPD nose drain: COPD is a difficult to manage problem. Nose running can be related to meds she is on. Please ask her Dr.and tell her team about you observations and concerns. ...Read more

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