Doctor insights on:
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
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
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
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?
I have this whistling sound on exhale for months the doctor used stethoscope to listen to my lungs and there was nothing abnormal. what could this be?
Whistling sound: If it is not coming from your lungs, then it must be above your lungs, in the air passages, throat or mouth, even from your teeth. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to almost blackout every time the doctor has you breath deep to listen to lungs on exam?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can listening to your heart with a stethoscope determine if there is a serious heart or lung condition?
My primary doctor has never examined me except for listening to my heart and lungs. He just refers me to other doctors. Should I change doctors?
Depends: If you are unhappy with your doctor, then i would change. You have to have confidence in your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
- Talk to a doctor online
- Why does my blood pressure go up when i take minerals including salt?
- Why does my blood pressure go up when i sleep?
- Why does my blood pressure go up when i'm sick?
- Why wont my heart rate go up when i exercise?
- Why do my hands go numb when i wake up?
- Should i take my inhalor before i go in to see the doctor for a check up
- I get nervous when the doctor listens to my lungs in case i get breathless
- Why do my lungs tickle when i take a deep breath?
- Why does my blood sugar go up when i exercise?