Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

E-Cigarettes: What’s all the puff about?

You see Electronic Cigarettes everywhere: restaurants, movie theaters, parks, malls, even in your neighbor’s hands. Over the past few years, electronic cigarettes have become a sought after product of the tobacco industry. They’re branded as a better alternative to smoking regular cigarettes because they use a battery-charged heating element to turn the nicotine cartridges to vapor versus smoke, claiming to mitigate the harmful chemicals inhaled. However, the question remains, are we replacing the bad with worse? Because of their discreet, modern look younger crowds are attracted to them. Not to mention, the endless array of flavors

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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Understanding the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder associated with sleep that fragments and disrupts sleep in a way the leads to excessive daytime sleepiness and nonrestorative sleep.  Most people seek medical attention for their sleep disorder because of their bed partner complains of their snoring, sleep disruption, or daytime sleepiness.  The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a useful tool to assess the dgree of daytime sleepiness.  Scores above 10 indicate a high degree of sleepiness that warrants further medical assessment. To go over the results give Arizona Center for Chest Diseases a

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Sleep Apnea and Body Mass Index

Sleep apnea is largely a symptom of weight gain and obesity. Therefore, as our population gains weight, we are seeing more and more obstructive sleep apnea. The body mass index (BMI) is a common medical term that gives a numerical value to an to a persons weight. This number is calculated based on overall weight and height of a specific patient. If a person has a BMI great than 25, they are considered to be overweight and greater than 30 is obese. As BMI value exceed 30, the likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea increases. The

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Arizona Center for Chest Diseases: Symptoms and Tips for Sleep Apnea Patients

As leading Arizona pulmonary doctors, the physicians at Arizona Center for Chest Diseases are one of the valley experts in sleep apnea. Waking up in the morning and feeling unrested or excessively tired despite a full night sleep may be an indication of a sleep related breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. People who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware that their sleep is disrupted or fragmented by excessive snoring that causes an obstruction in breathing. Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, frequent naps, night time awakenings, morning headaches, and snoring. Sleep apnea is a common

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Arizona Center for Chest Diseases shares some facts about Valley Fever (a.k.a. “Cocci pneumonia”)

Knowledge of Valley Fever is important to Arizona Center for Chest Disease patients. Valley Fever targets the lungs and is only found within the Southwest region of the United States including Arizona. We would like to educate our clients on the effects of valley fever infection. Valley Fever is an infection caused by a fungus, Coccidioides immitis, found predominantly in the low desert areas of the southwest United States (Arizona, New Mexico, California, West Texas). The life cycle of this fungus requires the soil and climate of the Southwest and therefore unique to this climate.

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Bronchiectasis in Adults

Arizona Center for Chest Diseases reviews the treatments of bronchiectasis Bronchiectasis, not to be confused with bronchitis, is a condition of chronic cough and daily mucus production. These symptoms are a result of injury and chronic inflammation of segments of the bronchial tree. The inflamed bronchi become dilated and loose the ability to effectively clear secretions or mucous from the airway. The retained mucous perpetuates the inflammation and becomes a source of chronic bacterial growth and infection. Bronchiectasis may result from prior infections, genetic deficiencies, immune system deficiencies, rheumatologic conditions, and recurrent aspiration to name

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Pulmonary Hypertension

Arizona Center for Chest Diseases releases treatment and overview of Pulmonary Hypertension Pulmonary Hypertension is a disease process resulting in increased blood pressure within the vascular bed that provides blood flow to the lungs (via Mayo Clinic) . As the blood pressure within the lungs becomes progressively elevated, it places a strain on the right side of the heart. This leads to all the symptoms of shortness of breath, limited exertional tolerance, fluid retention, and fatigue. Many different disease processes can result in increased pulmonary blood pressure of pulmonary hypertension, including primary cardiac disease, chronic

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Managing your COPD

At Arizona Center for Chest Diseases we know that emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD can have significant impact on your quality of life. We want to help our patients manage their COPD and associated symptoms in a way that optimizes their level of function and minimizes their limitations. Education— At Arizona Center for Chest Diseases we believe that education is the first step to more fulfilled life. Education is essential to understanding of the disease, how it effects breathing and breathlessness, and establish appropriate expectations. As patients gain understanding, therapy can be used more effectively

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Asthma Management

Arizona Center for Chest Diseases understands the illnesses our patients deal suffer.  Asthma is something some of our patients live with. Asthma management is essential for our patients . Arizona Center for Chest Diseases would like to discuss the aspects of asthma management. COMPONENTS OF ASTHMA MANAGEMENT The successful management of Arizona Center for Chest Diseases’s patients with asthma includes four components: Asthma patients need routine monitoring of symptoms and lung function Patients need to be educated on their symptoms and their illness. Education creates a partnership between clinician and patient. Patients must always be aware

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