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Doctor insights on: What The Chance Of Surviving Pneumonia While Recovering On A Stroke

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How is hhnks lead to stroke then pneumonia?

How is hhnks lead to stroke then pneumonia?

Unclear : I am assuming you mean hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome. It is difficult without more information to know what was first (hhns or stroke). Most consider that a stroke would precipitate hhns. After a stroke swallowing problems are common and this may cause pneumonia due to food or liquids trickling into the lungs. Discuss with the doctors what they think is the course of disease. ...Read more

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If you have a major stroke and end up on a coma, then catch pneumonia, can you die?

If you have a major stroke and end up on a coma, then catch pneumonia, can you die?

Yes: Unfortunately, pneumonia can be fatal in any patient although rarely. Patients with a stroke are at increased risk for getting pneumonia due to often having difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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100 yr old not sick in over 30 yrs, but TIA strokes. No longer able to hold her head up & bedridden. Concerned about pneumonia. Suggestions?

100 yr old not sick in over 30 yrs, but TIA strokes. No longer able to hold her head up & bedridden. Concerned about pneumonia. Suggestions?

Call her Dr.: If you are truly concerned about pneumonia, possibly aspiration pneumonia, etc. Than she would need a chest x-ray. At 100 years old and with a history of tia's/strokes and worsening function, it sounds like she will need some nursing care at the least. Difficult decisions to make soon, regarding nursing home, skilled nursing facility, etc. May be needed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Depends: This all depends on how large the stroke was and which parts of the brain were affected. Also, getting pneumonia on top of that likely complicated things. I wish him well, but unfortunately, you are at a "wait and see" point in his care. ...Read more

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If you had Pneumonia over 40 yrs ago am i now immune? Recently had a Stroke am over 70 or would it be good idea to get a Pneumonia Immunization ?

If you had Pneumonia  over 40 yrs ago am i  now immune?
Recently had a Stroke am over 70 or would  it be good idea
to get a Pneumonia Immunization ?

Yes: Don't assume you developed any lasting protection from that early pneumonia. Pneumonia is a generic term for a condition caused by many different germs. The pneumonia you had may have been triggered by a different germ than the shot is designed to help you avoid.Even if it was pneumococcal ,there many different strains & immunity to one would not help against another. The shot covers 13 strains. ...Read more

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What's better for senior to have installed after stroke. Cannot eat and has dementia and is bedridden. Less regurgitation, and aspiration pneumonia?

What's better for senior to have installed after stroke. Cannot eat and has dementia and is bedridden. Less regurgitation, and aspiration pneumonia?

Quality of life...: Sometime a feeding tube is used but with advanced dementia, feeding tube often causes more harm than good. It is not easy, but significant illnesses reduces hunger and so one often does not feel hungry. Use of feeding tube thus equals forced feeding which is not a good thing. Have a family meeting; discuss the wish of the person and respect it. It is not easy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had.bereavement+own illness 2015. Got 200mg Sertraline. Had pneumonia, 2 mini strokes and now labyrinthitis 7 wks. V low mood. To be expected?

Had.bereavement+own illness 2015. Got 200mg Sertraline. Had pneumonia, 2 mini strokes and now labyrinthitis 7 wks. V low mood. To be expected?

Several health: conditions and a loss can result in reactive depression. This is a condition that happens in response to identifiable stress, which you obviously have. It normally resolves eventually but getting supportive psychotherapy can smooth the process out and perhaps speed it along. Staying in this condition is not to be expected. Please continue to see your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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After a recent Ischemic Stroke at the age of 76 would it be wise to get a Pneumonia immunization while on Clopidogrel and half immune system?

After a recent Ischemic  Stroke  at the age of 76  would it be wise to get a Pneumonia immunization while on Clopidogrel and half immune system?

Vaccinations: Please see http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf for immunization recommendations for adults. Starting at 65yo, we recommend vaccinating against pneumococcal pneumonia by getting PCV13 first followed by PPSV23 a year later. Previously, we had recommended PPSV23 only in adults and PCV13 only in children. Chat w/your Family Doc about getting fully immuniz ...Read more

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Mom 86yrs bedridden dementia dysphagia and fed with peg tube. Had a stroke 6years ago.Got mild aspiration pneumonia. On 1liter sats at 91%. Is it bad?

Mom 86yrs bedridden dementia dysphagia and fed with peg tube. Had a stroke 6years ago.Got mild aspiration pneumonia. On 1liter sats at 91%. Is it bad?

Good for 1 liter: A pao2 of 60 mm/hg is 90% spo2 so your moms pao2 is slightly less, probably 2 liters will get her to 92% which is reasonable. Normal pao2 is 75-100mm/hg. To fully saturate the rbc' you need an oxygen tension between 75 and 100% which in your moms case will not be possible. Plus, giving her too much oxygen may decrease her respiratory drive and cause her to become apneic and retain co2. ...Read more

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Gma had stroke unable to speak, swallow paralyzed traffic arm left leg. Did have pneumonia but never cleared up could that play role or ckd stage 3?

Not sure.: Not sure if you mean the pneumonia or CKD 3 caused stroke or the other way around. In either case the answer is not really. These entities are pretty separate and individual disease states. ...Read more

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Suggest a best advice/Treatment for a 83 year old patient having aspiration pneumonia,history of two strokes, temporary high blood sugar and high BP?

Suggest a best advice/Treatment for a 83 year old patient having aspiration pneumonia,history of two strokes, temporary high blood sugar and high BP?

Difficult problem: one might consider sleeping elevated. The history of strokes means a possible problem swallowing in which case a gastrostomy feeding tube may be the last resort. A modified barium swallow with speech pathology may provide more answers. Good luck ...Read more

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What's better for a senior after a stroke and dementia, a peg or pej tube. Which one is more likely to have less regurgitation and aspiration pneumoni?

What's better for a senior after a stroke and dementia, a peg or pej tube. Which one is more likely to have less regurgitation and aspiration pneumoni?

Neither: Will prevent aspiration because patients still need to manage secretions (saliva). Both provide reliable nutrition although pej tubes are smaller diameter so they can clog easier. ...Read more

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What are my grandfather's chances of surviving pneumonia at 79yr?

What are my grandfather's chances of surviving pneumonia at 79yr?

Good if healthy: If he has been otherwise quite well, and if the pneumonia is not severe, his chances of surviving with timely treatment with antibiotics is very good. If he has other complicating medical problems and is debilitated, then the risk of complications is higher. A very severe pneumonia also could be dangerous in an older person. ...Read more

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My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer.. And by chance- death .. Will he recover ?

My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer.. And by chance- death .. Will he recover ?

Possible Lung Cancer: He should be monitored carefully from his pneumonia until he is feeling better. They should order ct scan of the chest to evaluate his lung disease and his pulmonary specialist should evaluate him for bronchoscopy evaluation of his lung disease and he may be able to take a biopsy from his lung. If his pulmonary specialist will not be able to do his biopsy he may need to be seen and evaluated by t. ...Read more

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Chance of grandfather surviving pneumonia? He is almost 88. He was just in the hospital for a UTI and he went back in after a seizure = new medicine.

Chance of grandfather surviving pneumonia? He is almost 88. He was just in the hospital for a UTI and he went back in after a seizure = new medicine.

QOL: Question would be how otherwise healthy is your grandfather. Why the seizure? History of seizures? Probably better if history of seizures, since people with history of seizures tend to have them when they are sick. Also better if had a seizure secondary to an antibiotic lowering threshold for seizures...Meropenem, etc. On ventilator? ...Read more

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If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there a chance they may recover?

If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there a chance they may recover?

Yes....: With the proper treatment and supportive care, there is a chance of survival. However, age as well as other medical problems affecting major organ systems will have an impact on survival. In general, the older the patient and the more major organ systems involved in the person's illness, the higher the morbidity and mortality rate. ...Read more

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After hemorrhagic stroke what are the chances of surviving?

NOT GREAT: If subarachnoid hemorrhage from aneurysm, about 50% die within the first few days in hospital. If intracranial bleed, with/without stroke, the death rate within year one approaches 60%. Figures have remained constant for years. A generic suggestion, control blood pressure diligently. ...Read more

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What your chance surviving stroke?

What your chance surviving stroke?

From AHA: About 795, 000 people in the us a year have strokes, and about 137, 000 a year die from strokes. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving a stroke?

Depends: It depends on type and location of the stroke. Volume of brain involved, patients age, and comorbidities (whether they are also diabetic, smoker, have elevated cholesterol, heart disease etc.). ...Read more

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