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    1. Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

      What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)? Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a lung problem. It happens when fluid builds up in the lungs,causing breathing failure and low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS is life-threatening,because it keeps organs like the brain and kidneys from getting the oxygen they need to work. ARDS occurs most often in people who are being treated ...

    2. Pneumonia - When To Call a Doctor

      The faster you get treatment, the faster you will get over pneumonia. This is especially true for the very young, for people older than 65, and for anyone with other long - lasting (chronic) health problems, such as asthma.

    3. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Why Would I Not Be Tested?

      You may decide not to be tested because:You do not have symptoms of lung disease.No one in your family has AAT deficiency or lung or liver disease.You would be worried if you knew that you might get lung or liver disease some day.You do not smoke and you already are taking good care of yourself. You think there is nothing more you could do to prevent or delay the disease.The test cannot predict ..

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

      Normally,blood flows from the right side of the heart through the pulmonary arteries and lungs before it returns to the left side of the heart. A paradoxical embolism is a blood clot that does not travel with normal blood flow. This type of embolism often causes a stroke because the clot moves directly from the right side of the heart to the left through a hole (defect) in the septum,which ...

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

      What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are

    6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Ongoing Concerns

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) gradually worsens over time. Your symptoms depend on when COPD was diagnosed, how far along it is, and your lifestyle.If you are diagnosed early, before a lot of lung damage has taken place, you may have very mild symptoms, even when you are active. If you are diagnosed later, you may have already lost much of your lung function. If you have an ...

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

      Learn about exams and tests used in diagnosing pulmonary embolism.

    8. Lung Scan

      A lung scan is a nuclear scanning test that's usually used to detect a pulmonary embolism, which is blood clot that is preventing normal blood flow to part of a lung.

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

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Oxygen Therapy: Using Oxygen at Home

    10. Lung Function Tests

      Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) evaluate how well your lungs work.

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