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Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Emergency rooms in New York are finding COVID-19 pneumonia in some patients who have no shortness of breath. Clinicians have reported that when they did x-rays or CT scans for other issues, they were finding that even patients without respiratory complaints had COVID-19 pneumonia. They found that COVID-19 pneumonia initially causes a form of oxygen deprivation called "silent hypoxia."

Normally, a patient with pneumonia will develop chest discomfort, pain with... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

Asthma and COVID-19

Asthma and COVID-19

The early data on mortality from COVID-19 infections are showing that asthma is not one of the top risk factors. The top ten COVID-19 comorbidities (in rank... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Many patients feel that once they develop lung cancer, it is pointless to quit smoking. Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break, and with the adde... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Pulmonary Medicine, Substance Abuse

Better Sleep Linked to Reduced Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Risk

Better Sleep Linked to Reduced Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Risk

We all know that sleep is crucial for heart health. Research has shown that regardless of a person's age, weight, smoking habits, and exercise l... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic, Preventive Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

Managing Patients With Suspected Vape-Related Lung Problems

Managing Patients With Suspected Vape-Related Lung Problems

We have been hearing about more and more cases of lipoid pneumonia linked to marijuana oils in e-cigarettes. According to the CDC, as of November 2019, there... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Pulmonary Medicine

Multi-agency Information for Patients and Providers: e-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

Multi-agency Information for Patients and Providers: e-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

By now, we have all heard the news concerning the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping and have likely received a myriad of updates in our ever-growing e-mail... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health, Pulmonary Medicine

Management of Patients with Suspected EVALI

Management of Patients with Suspected EVALI

Over the last several years there has been a dramatic spike in individuals vaping, and we have witnessed the associated injuries—including bur... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Pulmonary Medicine

Procalcitonin Levels in the Management of COPD Exacerbations

Procalcitonin Levels in the Management of COPD Exacerbations

The use of procalcitonin-based protocols to guide the decision to administer antibiotics has been evaluated in infections of different origins and settings.... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

Anticoagulants and Recurrent Thrombosis

Anticoagulants and Recurrent Thrombosis

The other day a student asked me, "If a patient is taking a blood thinner for a previous venous thromboembolism (VTE), is it still possible for them to get a... Continue Reading

Filed under: Pulmonary Medicine

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