Minimally invasive procedure for emphysema: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Almost 15.7 million people in the U.S. report they’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the most common forms of COPD is emphysema. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing. But as we hear from Dr. Sebastian Fernandez-Bussy, a Mayo […]

Mayo Clinic Minute: Minimally invasive procedure for emphysema

Almost 15.7 million people in the U.S. report they’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the most common forms of COPD is emphysema. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing. But a minimally invasive procedure is helping many patients breathe […]

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treating advanced emphysema with lung volume reduction

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How do doctors determine who is a good candidate for minimally invasive lung volume reduction to treat emphysema? Is it possible to have it done if I have only mild emphysema to slow the disease’s progression? ANSWER: The procedure you mention is intended for people who have advanced emphysema that no longer […]

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Rare, inherited risk factor can result in emphysema and liver damage

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A family friend was recently diagnosed with emphysema, but he never smoked and was told that his condition was caused by alpha-1. What is this, and how is it diagnosed? ANSWER: Emphysema is one of a group of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis, that make up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Tobacco smoking […]

Weekend Wellness: Thorough evaluation needed to determine if surgery an option for patient with emphysema

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, 68, has advanced emphysema. Medication for it doesn’t seem to help as much as it used to. We’ve heard that volume reduction surgery is sometimes used in cases like his. What does this surgery involve? What are the benefits? How do we find out if he’s a good candidate for […]

MONDAY HOUSECALL: Hormone Therapy, Emphysema, COPD, Botox Parties and More….

  Featured Topic; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that make it increasingly difficult for you to breathe. It’s also a leading cause of death and illness worldwide. Learn how COPD can be prevented and treated.  Highlights  Hormone therapy: Is it right for you?  Erectile dysfunction: A sign of […]

Methylprednisolone May Relieve Shortness of Breath, but Won’t Treat Emphysema

Methylprednisolone May Relieve Shortness of Breath, but Won’t Treat Emphysema November 19, 2010 Dear Mayo Clinic: Can methylprednisolone relieve shortness of breath for a person with emphysema? Answer: Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid medication used to reduce inflammation in people with various lung conditions. It can help relieve shortness of breath in some cases. But it’s […]

El minuto de Mayo Clinic: Procedimiento de invasión mínima para enfisema

Casi 15.7 millones de personas en Estados Unidos informan tener el diagnóstico de enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC), dicen los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades. Uno de los tipos más comunes de EPOC es el enfisema, cuyos síntomas incluyen dificultad para respirar, tos, producción de moco y sibilancias. Sin embargo, un […]

Preguntas y respuestas: Tratamiento del enfisema con reducción del volumen pulmonar

ESTIMADA MAYO CLINIC:¿Cómo determinan los médicos quién es apto para el procedimiento de mínima invasión de reducción del volumen pulmonar a fin de tratar el enfisema? ¿Es posible hacerlo cuando el enfisema es solamente leve para ralentizar su avance? RESPUESTA:El procedimiento que usted menciona es para las personas con enfisema avanzado que ya no responden […]

In the Loop: New hope for patients with COPD

Wayne Peterson came to Mayo knowing it may be his last chance to find relief from COPD. What he didn’t know was that he’d be the first in Minnesota to undergo a new, life changing lung procedure. Wayne Peterson hadn’t been able to breathe easily for years, and time was running out. In 2003, he […]

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