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Category: Respiratory System

Insight into the body system consisting of the lungs and airways.

Pulmonary Ventilation and Perfusion Insights

Pulmonary ventilation and perfusion function as a vital unit that supports life and promotes health.  Knowledge of pertinent and key basic concepts is of value to those that provide health care as well as to those that receive it.   Alveolar ventilation Alveolar ventilation is the volume of air that reaches the gas exchange units […]

Reasons for shortness of breath

There are many causes of shortness of breath but only a few reasons.  The causes have to do with the diseases or conditions associated with it.  The reasons for shortness of breath relate to the mechanisms that produce it.  What is dyspnea Dyspnea for the most part is a synonym for shortness of breath or […]

Respiratory System Symptoms and Signs Medical Terminology

Respiratory system symptoms and signs are important clues of some common illness such as pneumonia, lung cancer, COPD and asthma.  Knowledge of the common medical terminology of the symptoms and signs helps in recognizing and communicating the illness to a doctor.  The resultant early diagnosis often leads to better treatment outcomes. Pronunciation Apnea – The […]

Lung Volumes and What They Mean

Determining lung volumes is useful to doctors in diagnosing, directing treatment and assessing response to treatment of a variety of conditions. Patient knowledge of them builds health literacy and promotes patient engagement. Listen Lung Volume Terminology     Alveolar volume (VA) – Is the surface area of the lungs available for gas exchange. It is […]

Respiratory System Diseases Medical Terminology

Acquaintance with the medical terminology with regard to the most common respiratory system diseases is an important aspect of health literacy. It can aid in recognizing the need for professional evaluation. Prompt actions based on a recognized need can prevent undesirable consequences and promote better health care outcomes.  Medical Terminology   Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) […]

Respiratory System Function, Testing and Treatment Medical Terminology

Knowledge of the medical terminology is the first step to understanding respiratory system function. The importance of terms pertaining to testing and treatment follow suit. The net result is improved communication in health care and the promotion of health literacy in this area. Pronunciation Medical Terminology: Respiratory System Function   Apnea – The absence of […]

Medical Terminology: Respiratory System Anatomy

Pronunciation of Terminology What is the Respiratory System? The respiratory system is an integrated arrangement of organs and structures which functions to extract oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream and expel carbon dioxide, a waste product of metabolism, from the bloodstream into the atmosphere. It consists of the respiratory tract, the muscles used for […]

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