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What is Respiratory Acidosis?

Respiratory acidosis is a serious medical condition in which abnormally slow breathing (hypoventilation) increases the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood, causing the pH (acid-base balance) of the blood, and other bodily fluids, to become too acidic. How the Body Tries to Restore Balance An important property of any solution, including blood, is […]

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Understanding COPD Exacerbations

When dealing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), certain flair ups akin to that of an asthma attack, can occur that can cause varying levels of stress to the body ranging from noisy heavy breathing to harm requiring hospitalization. These events are referred to medically as “exacerbations” to a pre-existing COPD ailment and are known […]

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Summer Foods to Include in a COPD Diet

As temperatures soar around the country, there’s no better time to stock up on fresh summer produce and other wholesome, in-season foods to include in your COPD diet. Experts agree that a high consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of many chronic (ongoing) illnesses, including COPD.[1] What’s more, a healthy […]

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Interstitial Lung Disease: What is ILD?

The term interstitial lung disease (ILD) refers to a broad range of progressive lung disorders characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Interstitial lung diseases affect the interstitium, the lace-like network of tissue between and supporting the microscopic alveoli (air sacs). The interstitium is filled with tiny blood vessels that allow for gas exchange […]

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Is Bronchitis Contagious?

Bronchitis can be defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. Bronchitis can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms including a nasty cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, a low-grade fever and chest pain or discomfort.[1] But is bronchitis contagious? That depends on which […]

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How COPD Patients Can Avoid Hyperventilating

Some people with COPD are prone to hyperventilating, or rapid, deep breathing. When a person hyperventilates, it causes a decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in the blood. This can lead to disturbing symptoms. Symptoms of Hyperventilation Hyperventilation can cause, or be accompanied by, the following symptoms, which may last up to […]

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CPR for COPD Patients

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps save lives, yet each year, almost 90% of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (sudden cessation of heart function) die.[1] When a cardiac arrest occurs at home, your loved one’s survival depends upon you knowing how to accurately perform CPR. If performed within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, CPR […]

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What is an Upper Respiratory Infection?

Ahhh, the upper respiratory infection (URI). It’s one of the most common reasons for visiting the doctor every year. It’s also the most common illness resulting in missed days of work and school.[1] Most frequently occurring in the fall and winter, the upper respiratory infection is a contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract, which […]

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Understanding Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious medical condition that occurs when one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs suddenly becomes blocked. If the blood clot is large enough, it can obstruct the flow of blood to the lungs which can be life-threatening. While obtaining prompt medical attention can greatly improve your chances for […]

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