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    1. Breathing Exercises: Using a Manual Incentive Spirometer

      Breathing can be hard after you've had surgery,when you have pneumonia or a lung disease like COPD,or if you're on bed rest. You may find that you can only take small,shallow breaths. Breathing this way makes it harder to get air into your lungs and can cause fluid and mucus to build up in your lungs. This could cause a serious lung infection like pneumonia. Using an incentive spirometer ...

    2. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview

      Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein normally found in the lungs and the bloodstream. It helps protect the lungs from the damage caused by inflammation that can lead to emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People whose bodies do not produce enough of this protein (AAT deficiency) are more likely to develop emphysema and to do so at a younger-than-normal age (30 to 40 ...

    3. 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. ...

    4. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Symptoms

      Learn the symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

    5. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Treatment Overview

      Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cannot be cured, it can be managed. Treatment for COPD focuses on:Slowing the progression of the disease by avoiding tobacco smoke and other environmental factors, such as air pollution.Reducing and controlling symptoms, such as shortness of breath.Increasing your activity level.Improving your overall health.Preventing and treating a COPD ...

    6. 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.

    7. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Medications

      Doctors use antibiotics to treat pneumonia caused by bacteria. Your doctor chooses an antibiotic after considering your age, your symptoms, how severe your pneumonia is, and other factors.

    8. Sarah's Story: Dealing With the Emotions From COPD - Topic Overview

      Cystic fibrosis often affects the pancreas and digestive system because the mucus in these areas becomes thick and sticky. If this occurs, the mucus blocks normal digestive function as well as harbors infection.The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients from the food, and ridding the body of waste products. The pancreas is an organ that is located in the upper abdomen, behind the stomach and close to the spine. It produces digestive enzymes, which travel to the intestines and break down (digest) food so that nutrients can be absorbed by the body. Cystic fibrosis and digestionIn cystic fibrosis, mucus clogs the pancreas, and digestive enzymes are not able to get to the intestine. So food is not properly digested, particularly fats and proteins. A related symptom is large, greasy, smelly stools. Lack of nutrition prevents normal growth and development in babies and children. Unhealthy weight loss and difficulty gaining or maintaining weight are

    9. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Bronchitis: Should I Take Antibiotics?

    10. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Topic Overview

      Traveling while you are on oxygen therapy usually is possible if you plan ahead. Travel by plane: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved several models of portable oxygen concentrators that can be brought on an airplane. If you have a portable oxygen concentrator,make sure it is FAA-approved before you bring it on an airplane. You cannot take your own oxygen tanks on an ...

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