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.
How the Lungs and Respiratory System Work
WebMD explains how your lungs and respiratory system work by taking in air, removing oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide.
Lung Diseases Overview
A common health problem, lung diseases range from mild to severe. WebMD breaks down the information and describes the types and causes of some common lung diseases.
My Lung Is Injured – Can I Still Breathe?
Your rib cage protects them, but your lungs can still get injured. Learn the common causes of lung injuries and how they’re treated.
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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.
As many as 12 million Americans have COPD and haven’t been diagnosed. Early detection can help slow progression of the disease.