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    1. Pulmonary Embolism - Topic Overview

      What is healthcare-associated pneumonia? Healthcare-associated pneumonia (nosocomial pneumonia) is pneumonia that you get when you are in a hospital or nursing home. Experts generally consider it a more serious illness than pneumonia that people get in daily life (community-associated pneumonia). This is because the person with healthcare-associated pneumonia may already have a serious illness. ...

    2. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Cause

      Pulmonary embolism is caused by a blocked artery in the lungs. The most common cause of such a blockage is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the leg and travels to the lungs, where it becomes lodged in a smaller lung artery.

    3. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Is Testing Accurate?

      Although this blood test is highly reliable, no test is 100% accurate. This test cannot predict when-or whether-you will develop symptoms or how severe they will be. ...

    4. Pneumonia - Topic Overview

      The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes an illness that usually resembles a moderate to severe cold and is very contagious. RSV most often resolves on its own and does not cause major health concerns.

    5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Medications

      Medications can help prevent repeated episodes of pulmonary embolism by preventing new blood clots from forming or preventing existing clots from getting larger.

    6. Medical History for Pneumonia - Topic Overview

      Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and how many days you have had them. If he or she thinks you may have pneumonia,your doctor will want to know whether you have: A cough that brings up mucus (productive cough). Your doctor may ask you to cough up a sample of the mucus for testing. If your pneumonia is not caused by bacteria or a virus,your coughing may not bring up mucus (a ...

    7. How Cystic Fibrosis Affects the Bones - Topic Overview

      People with cystic fibrosis can get lung infections and other respiratory problems because of the buildup of thick, sticky mucus that traps bacteria. Talk to your doctor or respiratory therapist about airway-clearance methods and medicines that you can use to help get rid of mucus. Your doctor or respiratory therapist may suggest some things that you or your child can do at home to help clear mucus from the lungs. These include:Postural drainage and chest percussion, to help with coughing up mucus from the lungs. For specific instructions, see: Cystic Fibrosis: Helping Your Child Cough Up Mucus.Deep breathing exercises, to help with breathing out completely and to strengthen the muscles used for breathing. Directed cough, to help clear mucus by breathing and coughing in specific ways. Exercise. Aerobic exercise can improve how well the lungs work. Ask your doctor about what kinds of exercise you or your child should do.Other methods use mechanical equipment to help clear mucus from

    8. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Exams and Tests

      Learn about exams and tests used in diagnosing pulmonary embolism.

    9. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - What Increases Your Risk

      You are more likely to develop pneumonia if you: Smoke. Cigarette smoking is the strongest risk factor for developing pneumonia in healthy young people.

    10. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Cause

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is most often caused by smoking. Nearly everyone with COPD (80% to 90%) has been a long - term smoker, and research supports the fact that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of developing COPD.1 At least 10% to 15% of long - term smokers develop COPD with symptoms; some studies indicate up to 50% of long - term smokers older than age 45 develop COPD.

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