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  1. Black Lung Disease - Topic Overview

    What is black lung disease?Black lung disease is a common name for any lung disease developing from inhaling coal dust. This name comes from the fact that those with the disease have lungs that look black instead of pink. Medically, it is a type of pneumoconiosis called coal workers' pneumoconiosis. There are two forms: simple, which is known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP); and ...

  2. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Medications

    Learn about medications for respiratory syncytial viral (RSV) infections.

  3. History and Physical Exam for COPD

    Your medical history provides important clues that can help your health professional diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In taking your medical history, your health professional will ask questions about:Shortness of breath. When were you first short of breath (at exercise or at rest)? How often are you short of breath?How long have you been short of breath? Is it getting ...

  4. Sputum Cytology

    Sputum cytology examines a sample of sputum (mucus) under a microscope to determine whether abnormal cells are present. Sputum is not the same as saliva. Sputum is produced in the lungs and in the airways leading to the lungs.

  5. Pulmonary Embolism - Topic Overview

    Information on pulmonary embolism, the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung.

  6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Surgery

    Lung surgery is rarely used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Surgery is never the first treatment option and is only considered for people who have severe COPD that has not improved with other treatment.Surgery ChoicesLung volume reduction surgery removes a portion of one or both lungs, making room for the remaining lung tissue to work more efficiently. It is used only in ...

  7. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Cause

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is highly contagious, meaning it spreads easily from person to person.

  8. Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions - 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

  9. 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.

  10. Pneumonia - 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. Breathing Exercises: How to Use a Manual Incentive Spirometer ...

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