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  1. Lung Function in COPD - Topic Overview

    Lung function means how well your lungs work. When you have COPD,your lungs can't move as much air in and out as they should. And the more serious your COPD is,the less air your lungs are able to move. Spirometry tests are used to measure lung function. They measure how much air you breathe out when you take long,deep breaths and push the air out of your lungs. For people with COPD,the ...

  2. COPD: Clearing Your Lungs

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term illness that makes it hard to breathe, but learning to clear your lungs may help you save energy and oxygen, and help prevent lung infections.

  3. Physical Exam for Pneumonia - Topic Overview

    When you visit your doctor for suspected pneumonia,he or she will check: Your heart rate. It may be faster if you have a fever or are dehydrated. Your temperature. You usually have fever in pneumonia. Your breathing. Fast,shallow breathing; difficulty breathing; and shortness of breath often are symptoms of pneumonia. Whether you have chest pain. Your oxygen level. Other symptoms,if ...

  4. Pulmonary Embolism - Medications

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

  5. Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) combines a number of different therapies to help reduce your symptoms, improve quality of life, and encourage your active participation in your treatment. It will not reverse the damage to your lungs already caused by COPD. Instead, it will help you improve your ability to carry out daily tasks, such as dressing, grocery ...

  6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Medications

    Medication for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is used to reduce shortness of breath, control any coughing and wheezing, and to prevent and reduce a rapid, sometimes sudden, and prolonged worsening of cough, amount of mucus, and/or shortness of breath (COPD exacerbation). Most people with COPD find that medications make breathing easier.Bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids are

  7. Postural Drainage and Chest Percussion - Topic Overview

    Postural drainage and chest percussion are often used together to help loosen and remove mucus from the lungs. These airway clearance techniques help people who have a spinal cord injury, cystic fibrosis, or another condition that makes it hard for mucus to drain from the lungs. When mucus collects in your lungs, it increases your risk for lung infections.Postural drainage uses gravity to help drain mucus into the mouth by placing the body in specific positions. Each position drains different areas (lobes) of the lung. The mucus can then be spit or coughed out.Chest percussion (chest physiotherapy) uses clapping of the chest with a cupped hand to vibrate the airways in the lungs. This vibration moves the mucus from smaller airways into larger ones where it can be coughed up. Chest percussion is done with the help of a partner, special electronic devices designed to vibrate the chest, or other instruments that a person can use to vibrate the chest safely.A doctor or respiratory

  8. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - 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.

  9. Tests for Lung Infections - Topic Overview

    Other tests for lung infections,such as pneumonia and acute bronchitis,may include: Blood tests or cultures. Blood tests may help determine whether antibodies to a specific organism that can cause pneumonia are present or whether specific viruses,such as influenza (flu) or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV),are present. A test for blood urea nitrogen (BUN) can help tell how serious an ...

  10. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - 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. ...

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