Chronic lower respiratory disease, or CLRD, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is a form of CLRD. And while no cure exists for COPD, there are a number of effective treatments t...
As more cases of mysterious lung diseases appear in the news, doctors and researchers are turning their attention toward vaping, a trend that’s quickly gained popularity. Some are drawing comparisons between e-cigarettes and their tech-free predecess...
Asthma affects about 25 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, asthma can get worse during the winter season as cold and flu viruses spread. The lungs are already sensitive, and a respiratory illness can trigger asthma attacks easily. With exposure to triggers, the airways become inflamed, the surrounding muscles tighten, and more mucus develops, making it
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. An estimated 24 million Americans are affected by COPD, but half of those people are not aware they have it. If you experience increased breathlessness, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness, visit your doctor to get screened for COPD. Smoking, pollution,
Smoking doesn’t just take a toll on your lungs; it affects your entire body. Along with aging your skin, suppressing your immunity, and decreasing your fertility, smoking wreaks havoc on every single one of your body’s systems. Discover the effects of smoking on the body and take action to quit today. Respiratory System It is well known that smoking is bad for your lungs, but
All of us at CHI St. Luke's Health wish you and your family a happy and healthy winter season! Check out our favorite winter health tips. 1. What To Do If You Get The Flu With it being flu season, you are most likely taking steps to prevent the spread of the flu by getting a flu shot, keeping your hands clean, etc. But what should you do if you end up catching the flu? Get
In the early ‘50s, after he had graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with highest honors, earned his medical degree in 1944 from Johns Hopkins and completed surgical training, Denton A. Cooley, MD, adapted a coffee percolator into a blood oxygenator as part of what would become the heart-lung machine. It’s that kind of ingenuity that led to over 50 years of
Only about 14 percent of all new cancers are lung cancers, but it is overwhelmingly the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women. Each year, more Americans die from lung cancer than from colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The Importance of Early Detection While the outlook for those diagnosed with lung cancer is very serious, early detection is key to