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Doctor insights on: Why Is The Respiratory System Important To The Human Body

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How does our respiratory system help our body function?

How does our respiratory system help our body function?

Oxygen and CO2: Oxygen is needed for your cells to live, and when they burn calories using oxygen they generate co2. Too much co2 is toxic to the brain and it must be removed from the blood. The lungs exhale co2 (like a car's exhaust pipe), and take in oxygen with each breath, lungs transfer oxygen to red blood cells that transport it to your cells. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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Why is having a healthy respiratory system important? I need some advice.

Why is having a healthy respiratory system important? I need some advice.

Biased answer: Coming from the lung department, I may be a bit biased, but there's not much you can do without oxygen (O2). Consider having poor lungs - depending on the type of lung impairment one has, the O2 may not be passed to the blood efficiently or the O2 might not be able to get into all of your air sacs as they should. O2 is needed to generate enough ATP, the fuel your body needs for...well, everything ...Read more

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How does the cardiovascular and respiratory system interrelate to provide for the body's energy needs?

How does the cardiovascular and respiratory system interrelate to provide for the body's energy needs?

System: The two systems work together and require each other to function. If they weren't connected, symmetry and coordination wouldn't be effective. ...Read more

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Would the trachea collapsing (in a human) affect gas exchange and/or the respiratory system?

Would the trachea collapsing (in a human) affect gas exchange and/or the respiratory system?

Since the: TRACHEA carries the air to the lungs collapsed trachea is an extreme medical emergency! (It not only "affects gas exchange" IT STOPS IT!

Hope this helps
BTW PARTIAL COLLAPSE is seen in some diseases eg tumors and area different situation.. ...Read more

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Why does the respiratory system improve when exercising?

Why does the respiratory system improve when exercising?

Strength, efficiency: Exercise strengthens the muscles of respiration, they also become more efficient and conditioned through exercise as well. ...Read more

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What are some household chemicals that are harmful to the respiratory system?

What are some household chemicals that are harmful to the respiratory system?

All: All house hold chemicals have potential harm to some people. The us government require a special label explaining how each product is to be used and what precautions to take when using. Never take for granted using a simple benign looking product without following the directions. Fatal combination of products can occur easily if you don't read carefully what the label says! Read label! ...Read more

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Why does exercising keep your respiratory system healthy instead of wearing it down?

Why does exercising keep your respiratory system healthy instead of wearing it down?

Working it out: Exercise works both the focused muscle groups you're exercising (legs while running, arms while lifting) and exercises your muscles of respiration as you breath faster and more forcefully. In addition to working out these muscles, you take larger volumes when you breath during exercise which allows for improved aeration and blood circulating through your lungs. All of which is beneficial. ...Read more

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What does a respiratory system do in babies?

See below: The same thing as it does in everyone else. Provision of oxygen and elimination of carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

See below: As far as I know, no types of drinks affect the lungs unless you aspirate. ...Read more

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Are heaters dangerous on our respiratory system?

Falling on chest?: Seriously, propane or other combustion in an enclosed space can cause carbon monoxide buildup and death. Electric is thought to dry the air ; annoy nasal passages/upper airways. Practically speaking, all are ok as long as used properly, may consider moisturizing air if dry ; be sure ventilated if small / tight space. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

Through the brain: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which can affect the centers in the brain that regulate respiration. Consequently, breathing may slow and not keep up with demand, especially when asleep. Also, alcohol lowers your defenses against aspiration, contributing to pneumonia. Lastly, alcohol can make sleep apnea worse making it further difficult to breathe. ...Read more

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What's a good way to take maintain your respiratory system?

What's a good way to take maintain your respiratory system?

Crud in chest: You mean phlegm in your chest. You need to stop smoking if you smoke
if you have nasal allergies to treat with antohistamines and/or nasal steroids
if you have asthma you need long term bronchdilaters with inhaled steroids and you can try over the counter musinex as well
we need more history to advice what applies to you
see your doctor if in doubt. ...Read more

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What does bronchitis have to do with the respiratory system?

What does bronchitis have to do with the respiratory system?

Bronchitis: The bronchi are tubes which sprout off from the trachea and carry air into bronchioles and then into the alveolar spaces of the lung. They are an integral part of the respiratory tract and when inflamed it is called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of surfactants in the respiratory system?

Keep air sacs open: Surfactants, which are made by the body and are also available as a medication for babies who are deficient in them (usually premie), coat the inside of the tiny air sacs in the lung and keep them open when you exhale. Just like a collapsed balloon is hard to inflate, a collapsed air sac is hard to open. When it doesn't close completely, it's easier to open with the next breath. ...Read more

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How does the respiratory system depend on the nervous system?

Easy.: The brain (mission control of the nervous system) initiates the drive to breath based upon input from a variety of sensors. It transmits signals via the phrenic nerve to the diaphragm to initiate breathing. Cough receptors in the lung similarly control the cough reflex. Additionally the epiglottis is triggered to cover and protect the trachea to prevent aspiration. ...Read more

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What are the results of exercise on the cardio respiratory system?

What are the results of exercise on the cardio respiratory system?

Some long term: Benefits are increased pumping power of the heart, decreased heart rates, and improvements in forced expiratory volumes. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Respiratory (Definition)

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