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Patient Education CHEST Foundation

Details: CHEST president Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP speaks about the Foundation’s commitment to helping our patients through this pandemic. Our COVID-19 resource page features educational materials and videos that aim to support …

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6-Minute Walk Test

Details: The 6-minute walk test is a measure of fitness and how your body functions. It helps your health care provider evaluate your ability to exercise. During this test, you walk at your normal pace for 6 minutes. This test can help monitor your response to treatments for heart, lung, and other health problems. This test is commonly used for people

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Details: WipeCOPD is an acronym for Web-based Interactive Professional Education in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This program was developed with the help of an educational grant entitled the “GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar Award in Respiratory Health” from the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest

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Lung Function Tests

Details: About Lung Function Tests. Lung function tests include a variety of tests that check how well the lungs work. The most basic test is spirometry. This test measures the amount of air the lungs can hold. The test also …

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Lung Biopsy Procedure

Details: The radiologist will clean the area of skin the needle will go through, place a sterile drape around the area and numb the area. Using the CT scanner, a needle will be inserted through the skin and into the lung to the nodule and multiple samples will be taken. After the procedure, you will be observed by nurses for routine monitoring.

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Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

Details: Pulmonary embolism (PE) refers to a blood clot that breaks loose and travels through a vein to the lungs. Watch Dr Timothy Morris and Dr Barbara Levy discuss VTE. They talk about how VTE relates to women who are …

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Details: The smaller number is the measure of the pressure when your heart rests between beats. A normal blood pressure level is 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic). In the right side of your heart, the pressure measures the blood …

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Details: About Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexpected death of an infant younger than 1 year of age. The cause of death is unknown, despite years of research. Factors such as sleeping position, place, and tobacco smoke are associated with SIDS. Lay your baby on his or her back to sleep.

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Living With INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE ILD

Details: Patient Education Guide LEARN ABOUT ILD ILD is short for “interstitial lung disease.” It refers to a group of diseases that cause lung inflammation and/or permanent scars (“fibrosis”). When you have ILD, your lung tissue becomes inflamed. The cause might be known or unknown. The onset of ILD is usually gradual, but it can occur quite

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Living With INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE ILD

Details: Patient Education Guide LEARN ABOUT ILD ILD is short for “interstitial lung disease.” It refers to a group of diseases that cause lung inflammation and/or permanent scars (“fibrosis”). When you have ILD, your lung tissue becomes inflamed. The cause might be known or unknown. The onset of ILD is usually gradual, but it can occur quite

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Asthma CHEST Foundation

Details: Asthma is a lung disease that causes the airways to narrow, making it hard to breathe. Asthma is a chronic condition. Once you are diagnosed with it, you will have it for the rest of your life. You can develop asthma as early as infancy and as late as old age. The good news is that with careful monitoring and management, asthma can be kept

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Bronchial Thermoplasty

Details: About Bronchial Thermoplasty. Asthma causes the airways to swell and become inflamed. The airways become smaller, which makes it harder for you to breathe. The walls of large airways have a layer of smooth muscle. This area can be thicker in people with severe asthma. During an asthma attack, this muscle layer can tighten, narrowing the airways.

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Exhaled Nitric Oxide Test

Details: About the Exhaled Nitric Oxide Test. An exhaled nitric oxide level test can help diagnose and manage asthma. It measures the amount of nitric oxide exhaled with each breath. High levels of nitric oxide in the breath may mean that the lung airways are swollen. This test can be used to find out whether someone with asthma is helped by certain

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