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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Causes

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

Damage to the lung’s air sacs—called alveoli—causes ARDS. Fluid from tiny blood vessels leaks through the damaged walls of the air sacs and collects, limiting the lungs’ normal exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The damage also causes inflammation that leads to the breakdown of surfactant—a liquid that helps keep your air sacs open.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Risk Factors

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

You may have an increased risk of ARDS because of infection, environmental exposures, lifestyle habits, genetics, other medical conditions or procedures, race, or sex. Risk factors can vary depending on your age, overall health, where you live, and the healthcare setting in which you receive care.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Screening and Prevention

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

Your doctor may screen for ARDS if you have risk factors for ARDS. Getting vaccines to prevent the flu and other infections, avoiding tobacco smoke, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, and limiting your exposure to pollution can reduce your risk of getting ARDS.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

Difficulty breathing is usually the first symptom of ARDS. Other signs and symptoms of ARDS may vary depending on the underlying cause and how severely you are affected. ARDS may take several days to develop, or it can rapidly get worse. Complications may include blood clots, infections, additional lung problems, or organ failure.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Diagnosis

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

Your doctor will diagnose ARDS based on your medical history, a physical exam, and test results. ARDS can be difficult to diagnose and is often mistaken for another condition, so it is important to know your symptoms.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Treatment

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

The goal of treatment for ARDS is to improve oxygen levels and treat the underlying cause. Other treatments aim to prevent complications and make you comfortable.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Living With

ARDS  acute lung injury  noncardiac pulmonary edema 

If you have been diagnosed with ARDS, it is important that you continue your treatment plan. Get regular follow-up care to control your condition and prevent complications.

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Angina – Vivir con

La angina no es un ataque al corazón, pero indica que tiene un mayor riesgo de sufrir uno. El riesgo es mayor si la angina es inestable. Por esta razón, es importante que reciba un seguimiento y que controle su afección y la comprenda, para saber cuándo solicitar asistencia médica. Si la cardiopatía isquémica se controla con cuidado, la angina puede permanecer estable o incluso mejorar con el tiempo.

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Angina - Tratamiento

El médico decidirá el enfoque del tratamiento según el tipo de angina, sus síntomas, los resultados de las pruebas y el riesgo de complicaciones. La angina inestable es una emergencia médica que requiere tratamiento inmediato en un hospital. Si la angina es estable y sus síntomas no empeoran, es posible que pueda controlarla con cambios en el estilo de vida y medicamentos. Si los cambios en el estilo de vida y los medicamentos no pueden controlar la angina, es posible que necesite un procedimiento médico para mejorar el flujo sanguíneo y aliviar la angina.

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Angina - Diagnóstico

El médico puede diagnosticarle angina con base en su historial médico, un examen físico, y procedimientos y pruebas de diagnóstico. Estas pruebas pueden evaluar si necesita un tratamiento inmediato para evitar un ataque al corazón. Algunas de estas pruebas pueden ayudar a descartar otras afecciones.

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