Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Directory
Acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, is a very serious and often life-threatening lung condition that leads to low levels of oxygen in the blood. Without enough oxygen, many of your body's organs cannot function properly or may stop working altogether. A number of conditions can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome, but it usually occurs in people who are already sick with another disease or have a severe traumatic injury. Sometimes pneumonia can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of acute respiratory distress syndrome, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The respiratory system is the organs and other parts of your body involved in breathing, when you exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. Learn more about the parts of your respiratory system, how you breathe, and how your respiratory system works to clean the air.
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As many as 12 million Americans have COPD and haven’t been diagnosed. Early detection can help slow progression of the disease.
Living With COPD
COPD cannot be cured, but patients can learn to live with it and have a good quality of life. Some patients live many years with this lung disease.
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