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What is the recovery like for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs)?

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Most people with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can recover. If you’ve recently had it, you can help your recovery by:

Some might need to be on a ventilator for a while, but most won’t. You might also be weak after ARDS and need physical therapy.

Finally, ARDS can be tough emotionally and physically on patients and families. Join a support group if you need help with anxiety, stress, or depression.

  • Quitting smoking
  • Not drinking alcohol
  • Getting a flu shot every year and a pneumonia vaccine every five 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 Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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 Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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