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  1. Lung Transplant for COPD - Topic Overview

    Although uncommon,lung transplants are sometimes used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). During a lung transplant,you are given a lung from a donor who has recently died. A single-lung transplant (receiving one lung) is done more often than a double-lung transplant (receiving two lungs). Improvement in the ability to exercise is nearly as good in people who have a single-lung ...

  2. COPD and Sexual Activity - Topic Overview

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does not necessarily reduce your desire for or your ability to have sex. Many people avoid having sex,however,because they are afraid of becoming short of breath. This can greatly add to feelings of guilt or low self-esteem as well as add to your stress level as you try to deal with a chronic disease. Decreased interest in sex is often attributed ...

  3. Paradoxical Embolism - 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 ...

  4. Pulmonary Embolism - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you think you have symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

  5. Fran's Story: Finding Support When You Have COPD - Fran's story

    I was so scared when the doctor told me I had emphysema. I was afraid to go anywhere or do anything. I plunged into a big black hole of depression. Someone told me to go online and hook up with a support group. I did,and it literally changed my life. I was pretty shy at first,and all I did was read what everyone else was writing. Then one day I was having trouble with the company that ...

  6. Pulmonary Embolism - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

  7. Spirometry Tests for COPD - Topic Overview

    Spirometry is the best test to assess lung function. It often is used to evaluate a person who has a chronic cough and sputum ( mucus ) production and a history of risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),even if shortness of breath is not present. It is also used to determine whether a specific therapy has improved lung function or whether your lung disease is getting ...

  8. Pulmonary Embolism - 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. Eating a steady amount of vitamin K when you take warfarin (Coumadin) ...

  9. COPD: Using Exercise to Feel Better

    Key pointsChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often makes it difficult to breathe, which in turn may limit how active you are and how much you exercise. However, it is important to remain active and exercise when you have COPD. Activity and exercise can:Build muscle strength. This will help you be more active-you will be able to do more activities for longer amounts of time.Reduce ...

  10. Pulmonary Embolism - Home Treatment

    Home treatment is not recommended for initial treatment for pulmonary embolism. However, it is important for preventing additional clots from developing and causing a deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to recurring pulmonary embolism.

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