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Why can pulmonary edema cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Gas Exchange

Pulmonary edema affects the flow of oxygen from airsacs / alveoli to blood vessels in the lungs called capillaries.
This is called gas exchange and results in low oxygen levels.

In brief: Gas Exchange

Pulmonary edema affects the flow of oxygen from airsacs / alveoli to blood vessels in the lungs called capillaries.
This is called gas exchange and results in low oxygen levels.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Michael DePietro
also the lungs are stiff and difficult to inflate with filled with fluid. This increases the work the breathing muscles must do to breath and is felt as shortness of breath
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: See below

Pulmonary edema means swelling, or filling of the lungs with liquid.
When that happens, the lungs cannot perform their physiologic function which is to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide between the blood and the air we breathe. The air doesn't get to the alveoli because they are filled with liquid. That is how one gets short of breath.

In brief: See below

Pulmonary edema means swelling, or filling of the lungs with liquid.
When that happens, the lungs cannot perform their physiologic function which is to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide between the blood and the air we breathe. The air doesn't get to the alveoli because they are filled with liquid. That is how one gets short of breath.
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