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When Might a Lung Biopsy be Necessary?

A lung biopsy is a medical procedure performed to remove a sample of tissue from the lungs to determine the presence of lung disease or lung cancer. The procedure is done using an open or closed method. Closed biopsies are performed through the skin or trachea (windpipe) while open biopsies are done in the operating […]

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What is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation?

Similar to the heart-lung bypass machine used in open heart surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced life-support device that pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, permitting the heart and lungs to rest. When connected to the ECMO machine, your blood flows through tubing to an artificial lung inside the machine […]

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Defining Oxygenation and What it Means for Your Health

Oxygenation can be defined as the addition of oxygen to any chemical or physical system, including the human body. It’s a word also used to describe interventions that provide a greater oxygen supply to the lungs and circulatory system. Adequate oxygenation is essential for maintaining optimal health and vitality. When illness occurs and oxygen status […]

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What is Forced Vital Capacity (FVC)?

Forced vital capacity, or FVC, is one of the measurements taken during a spirometry test, a type of pulmonary (lung) function test that helps doctors determine the presence and severity of lung disease. FVC reflects the amount of air you can forcibly exhale, after taking the deepest breath possible. Once your FVC is determined, your […]

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Which Foods are Best for a CF Diet?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening disease that causes a build-up of thick, sticky mucus to form in your lungs and digestive tract. People with cystic fibrosis require up to 2 times the amount of calories as others of similar weight and size. What foods are best for a CF diet? Let’s forge ahead and […]

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Is Hypopnea Dangerous?

Hypopnea can be defined as abnormally slow or shallow breathing. It is distinct from apnea, in which there is a total cessation of breathing. While apnea occurs when airflow from your lungs is completely blocked by an obstruction from your throat, hypopnea occurs when the airway is only partially blocked and airflow from your lungs […]

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