What is a Pulmonary Embolism The term pulmonary embolism is derived from the word pulmonary meaning lungs, and the word embolism which is a clot. So based on that one can easily conclude that a pulmonary embolism is a clot in the lungs, which restricts blood flow to part of the lung impairing blood flow, gas exchange
What is Lung Compliance Lung Compliance is the measure of the lungs ability to stretch and the thorax ability to expand, which is determined by elasticity and pulmonary volume. Lung Compliance – Increase & Decrease A high degree of compliance (expansion) can indicate a decrease in the elasticity and recoil of the lungs, as seen
What is Lung Consolidation Lung consolidation is basically a solidification of the lung and its tissues. This consolidation of the lung is usually due to a build up of debris and or fluid within the spaces within the lung that are normally occupied by air. Lung consolidation is also called pulmonary consolidation. The most common cause
Cough Reflex The cough reflex is a reflex that is neurally mediated or controlled, and it is designed to protect the lungs from the build up of secretions and possible entry into the lungs of irritants or pathogens. The cough reflex is one of the main defense mechanisms of the respiratory tract. Cough Reflex Receptors
Breathing Terminology below is a list of commonly used medical breathing terminology used to describe breathing. List of Common Breathing Terminology Apnea:Pause or cessation of breathing, usually for short periods. Dyspnea: Difficulty breathing or some used this term to describe painful breathing. Eupnea: Normal breathing Kussmal Breathing: Rapid, deep breathing, usually seen with metabolic acidosis.
Breathing Patterns Most people never think about their breathing, unless you mention it to them and then they subconsciously change it. The fact of breathing is that there are different breathing patterns and each of these different breathing patterns means something, especially if you are in the hospital or ill. In this article we are