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Why does it take 15 minutes to listen to my lungs when I go for a check up?

Why does it take 15 minutes to listen to my lungs when I go for a check up?

Hard to tell: Depending on the practice setting (ppo/private practice, hmo/private practice, large/busy group practice, public clinic) a doctor may have anywhere between 10-30 minutes to see a typical patient. If a patient feels his doctor is spending too much time on one part of the exam, the patient can try another doctor to compare the service he receives from the two doctors. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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Can doctors check for serious lung probs by listening to chest/back?

Can doctors check for serious lung probs by listening to chest/back?

While many: Decry the low sensitivity and specificity of physical exam, serious problems like bronchospasm can only be detevted by phys ex. Pleural fluid can be as well. But i've never detected a 5mm nodule with a stethoscope. Wheezing stertorous breath sounds rales and rhonchi are still important findings and help secure a diagnisis. ...Read more

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Can i stop nadolol 10mg bid abruptly i believe its causing my sob but drwont listen and tells me to continue i take it for high hr chest xray/ct clean?

Can i stop nadolol 10mg bid abruptly i believe its causing my sob but drwont listen and tells me to continue i take it for high hr chest xray/ct clean?

No: The drug you are on comes in 'beta blocker". These clasd of drug should never be stoped abruptly. My advice is to get second advice from other physician and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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3 wk bronchitis cough wheezing . Back to doc yesterday listen to my lungs said sound wheezy but not infected . No x ray no meds is that even possible?

3 wk bronchitis cough wheezing . Back to doc yesterday listen to my lungs said sound wheezy but not infected . No x ray no meds is that even possible?

Asthmatic: Bronchitis is very common and some believe is due to allergc reaction to colonizing bacteria in the bronchial tubes The treatment is usually simultaneous administration of an antibiotic and anti asthmatic inhaler(s) X ray will be negative. Suggest you discuss this possibility with your Primary Care Physician. Just a thought!] Dr Z ...Read more

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What do doctors listen for when they listen to your lungs?

What do doctors listen for when they listen to your lungs?

Breath sounds: in normal lungs sound like "leaves rustling in a wind-blown forest" as one book describes (McGowan). But the doctor is mainly trying to detect abnormal sounds such as wheezing (can be diffuse or localized and have specific causes), or rales or harsh sand paper like sounds. Absent or reduced lung sounds indicate emphysema or a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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What do doctors listen for when listening to lungs?

What do doctors listen for when listening to lungs?

Lungs: Doctors listen for air movement and abnormal lung sounds (rales, wheezes, rhonchi) which can indicate a disease or problem in the lungs. ...Read more

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Is it true doctors wont know teens smoke if they listen to their lungs using a stethescope?

Is it true doctors wont know teens smoke if they listen to their lungs using a stethescope?

Yes: Being a smoker doesn't necessarily mean that a doctor can pick it by listening the patient's lungs. Smoking doesn't cause any special audible phenomena, rather than auditory abnormalities that are common in other types of pulmonary/cardiac diseases - bronchitis, asthma, copd, congestive heart failure. However, by listening to a smoker's lungs, the physician may be able to smell the smell of smoke. ...Read more

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If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?

If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?

No: No one could diagnose tuberculosis by listening to lungs alone. The right clinical history and exam could help make the diagnosis. But you would need a culture typically from your sputum sample to grow the bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a pulmonologist tell if you have asthma by just listening to your lungs?

Is it possible for a pulmonologist tell if you have asthma by just listening to your lungs?

Not exactly: You exam plus your history give a lot of data; pulmonary function tests help but don't exclude or rule in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Went to fam doc twice she listened to my lungs said both times they sound good i can breath but i feel like im forcing deep breaths in every 30 secs or so. She said anxiety but its been going on for a week. Can she tell how ljngs are listening?

Went to fam doc twice she listened to my lungs said both times they sound good i can breath but i feel like im forcing deep breaths in every 30 secs or so. She said anxiety but its been going on for a week. Can she tell how ljngs are listening?

Reasonably well: The listening part of the exam is a 1st step. If it's good - there's probably no need for more. If it's bad, a more demanding step like x-ray may be taken. From there, if new evidence is found it can progress. At each stage, a discovered issue may lead to Tx. None was heard in your lungs. Anxiety can be the basis. Consider CBT to eval and teach anxiety mgmt skills. It can be very helpful . ...Read more

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When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.

When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.

Clear means clear...: Clear lung sounds means the doctor does not hear the sounds of wheezing (as in asthma), stridor (as in croup or a narrowed airway), rhonchi (as in rattling mucus globs), etc... However, some patients with chronic lung disease (some are preemies, many are not) have lungs that never sound completely clear. One's regular doctor knows this, and might say "clear lung sounds" to mean no new bad sounds. ...Read more

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Can listening to your heart with a stethoscope determine if there is a serious heart or lung condition?

Can listening to your heart with a stethoscope determine if there is a serious heart or lung condition?

Stethoscope: by listening to your heart and lungs, we can hear many possible problems. Heart murmurs, skipped beats, pneumonia, wheezing, etc ...Read more

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The dr. From the ambulance prescribed amoxacilin just by listening to my lungs, i'm not feeling better, how did he know if it's a virus or bacteria?

The dr. From the ambulance prescribed amoxacilin just by listening to my lungs, i'm not feeling better, how did he know if it's a virus or bacteria?

Can't be sure: If you had a head cold and then developed a cough you could still have a viral bronchitis and not pneumonia. A chest xray would be needed to diagnose pneumonia with certainty. If pneumonia was present it could be bacterial, primary viral or mycoplasma. Other studies would be needed to be sure. Amoxicillin would treat some bacterial pneumonias but not viral or mycoplasma ones. ...Read more

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When listening to the right lung with a stethescope is it normal to place it directly on to the nipple?

Lung Evaluations: Yes actually. It is also common to lift the breast away from the chest and to listen underneath the breast to hear the right middle lobe breath sounds. ...Read more

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Can a doctor pick up on copd/emphysema even in early stages by listening to your lungs with a stethoscope?

Can a doctor pick up on copd/emphysema even in early stages by listening to your lungs with a stethoscope?

Not likely: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and encompasses the diseases of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Typically when listening with the stethoscope you will hear decreased breath sounds but this is very subjective. The diagnosis is made with history and confirmed with a pulmonary function test that measures decreases in lung function and oxygen-transfer function of the lungs. ...Read more

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Sorry no mean to disrespect do all drs. When listen to heart and lung sounds, can they tell the differences and the abnormalities and act upon it?

Sorry no mean to disrespect do all drs. When listen to heart and lung sounds, can they tell the differences and the abnormalities and act upon it?

Unanswerable: This question is so very broad that I do not even know how to begin to answer it. Physicians are trained from day one to use their stethoscope to listen to the sounds the body makes. Most of us have years of experience doing so. Health tap works best if you ask a specific question about yourself. ...Read more

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While listening to vibrations near lower left lung, whispered pectoriloguy - saying 99, the Percussion seems slightly dull. CT scan ok?

The heart? Subjectiv: Pectoriloquy & fremitus from percussion r subjective, "adventitious" sounds heard by physicians w/ a stethoscope & felt by fingers, respectively. Detecting differences (from L to R but also over time) takes much practice & skill. Both sounds generally point 2 something "not air" in the chest but not necessarily the lungs. I've been misled by adventitious sounds on the left b/c of an enlarged heart ...Read more