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What's the recovery from acute respiratory distress syndrome like?

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Most people with ARDS recover. If you've recently had it:

You might be weak after ARDS and need physical therapy.

It can be tough emotionally and physically on you and your family. Join a support group if you need help with anxiety, stress, or depression.

  • Don't smoke
  • Don't drink alcohol
  • Get a flu shot every year
  • Get a pneumonia vaccine every 5 years

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

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