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Posted May 04, 2023 by Nkem Aziken, MD
Posted February 20, 2023 by Faisal Qadir, M.D.
Your lungs allow you to take in oxygen from the air you breathe and are the key to carrying it to all your organ systems to keep them running efficiently, while clearing your body of carbon dioxide.
The body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs, and help keep dirt…
Posted December 12, 2022 by Chelsea Kennedy-Snodgrass, D.O.
Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both males and females in the United States, and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), is the leading cause of cancer deaths, making up almost 25% of cases.
While smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, nonsmokers can be diagnosed with cancer as well. Exposure to radon, asbestos, and secondhand smoke are some of the other risk factors that can increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
The good news…
Posted November 17, 2021 by Brian Bauman, MD
You know winter has arrived when the days get shorter, snow flurries fill the air and you can see your breath when you speak. When temperatures hover around freezing for months on end, it can make for a long and dreary season for many.
But for people with asthma, it can be even more frightful when the frigid winter weather causes their symptoms to worsen. Exposure to cold, dry air is a common asthma trigger and can quickly cause severe symptoms.
When cold, dry air enters the…
Posted April 06, 2021
Listen to this episode of the Healthy Vitals Podcast featuring Paul Bailey, a registered respiratory therapist, and Sarah Serb, an acute nurse practitioner.
Posted March 01, 2021
Smoking cigarettes is a dangerous habit that damages nearly every organ in the body, leading to disease and long-term disability.
People who smoke are at a higher risk for lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, tuberculosis, eye diseases, and the list goes on. Another major health effect caused from smoking is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
COPD is a lung disease that affects the way air flows in and out of your lungs, making it difficult to breathe.…
Posted October 25, 2020 by Brian Bauman, M.D. & Kyle Jendral, MS-RC, RRT-ACCS, AE-C
Are you suffering from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or another lung problem? A respiratory therapist may be able to help.
One out of six Americans will suffer from a serious pulmonary (lung) disease at some time in their lives. Of those afflicted, however, many patients don’t realize a respiratory therapist can help them overcome breathing problems and breathe easier — all the while increasing their quality of life.
As vital members of the healthcare team,…
Posted March 18, 2019 by Sandy Kohut, RRT, BSAS Lead Lung Navigator
Chronic lower respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death, behind cancer and heart disease in Ohio. Chronic lower respiratory disease is a broad term that includes a variety of diseases that affect the lungs, like: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema (a type of COPD), chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma.
Roughly one in six Americans will suffer from some pulmonary disease in their lifetime. Most of those affected usually associate…
Posted August 15, 2018 by Brian Bauman, M.D. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Summa Health
Lung nodules are abnormal clusters of tissue that appear as “spots” on chest X-rays and CT scans. All lung cancers starts as a nodule; however, these spots are very common and almost 95 percent of them are not cancerous.
Lung cancer is a very tragic disease. It has the lowest 5-year survival rate of all cancers and leads to more deaths that the next 3 deadliest cancers (colorectal, pancreatic and breast) combined.
Most lung cancers are not diagnosed and treated at an early stage, contributing to the low survival rate. However, early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can increase that rate by up to 20 percent in high-risk patients.