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What do you need to be aware of when diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency?

I was told I have adrenal insufficiency and looked on line about what this means as far as how it will affect the rest of my life. I have read you need to wear an alert bracelet (for what?) and other things.

Well if you read up on it you know that improperly treated, it could become a life or death situation if you were in an accident and unable to speak. Your medic alert will tell them of your condition, then they can in tern, contact your Dr and they will be able to find out what they need to do for you. I know, I wear a medic alert. If I didn't and I was in that situation, the first med they would give me for pain would kill me. It's a common pain medication and used at accident sites. For me, it's a death sentence. So you have your Dr. phone # on there as well as your physical problem. They can save your life. So get one. Adrenal insufficiency is a serious problem. Good luck  (+ info)

Could you please tell me the difference between Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Peripheral Vascular Disease?

I was told yesterday by my doctor that I have Chronic Venous Insufficiency which I think I understand. However, I also came across PVD and then became confused. Are they the same?

chronic venous insufficiency is when your veins cant pump the blood back to your heart (so it pools in your legs).

peripheral vascular disease (which common in diabetics or people with high cholesterol) is a problem with the arteries (not veins) that are clogged up (from atherosclerosis) and thus cannot deliver enough blood to the peripheral limbs (such as legs) resulting in symptoms of the pain (intermittent claudication or pain in calves after exertion) or ulcers.  (+ info)

Respiratory therapists, do you always have to work the night shift when starting out?

I'm interested in respiratory therapy, but I've been told that you must start out on the graveyard shift when you begin. I'm not sure I want to do this as I hate working overnight.

Should this be expected if I enter the field?

Unfortunately, most respiratory therapists do have to work the less desirable night and weekend shifts when they first start out, until they gain seniority. That being said, it is really a crap shoot as far as how long it could take for you to move to day shift. I've known some therapists who got a day position pretty easily, and others who had to work night shifts for more than 5 years before a day shift opened up.

You could always specialize in PFT's, since they are generally only done during clinic hours.  (+ info)

What can I do to decrease the pain caused by Venous Insufficiency?

My grandpa is having painfull legs because of Venous Insufficiency.
I'm looking for some kind of remedy to help him cure from Venous Insufficiency.Please help me out.
Thank you.

taking an NSAID like Indocin or Naproxyn help the inflammed vein. Loose fitting clothing. Taking an anticoagulant (heparin will help from getting clots) elevating the legs above the heart. If you have to put him compression stockings (talk to doctor about this). Keep an eye out for any sores that start on his affected leg. This is more than likely the start of an ulcer that he needs to see a doctor for. Applying warm moist heat to the affected area helps. It opens up the vessel letting the leg drain better too. Get him to lie down to get the legs to drain. Changing positions frequently. Walk frequently but avoid sitting and standing for long time periods.  (+ info)

How does the respiratory system connect to other bodily systems?

I'm doing a science project, and talking about how Pulmonologoy and the respiratory system relates to other bodily system. I've already found info on the Digestive and and Cardiology system, but I'm at a loss for how it relates to the Endocrine, Excretory and Nervous systems. If you know any or all, please answer! Thanks so much!

nervous system: there are nerves that enervate the diaphragm (and thoracic muscles), which are critical to muscular manipulation of the lung volume.

Endocrine: see renin-angiotensin system.

Excretory: perhaps the surfactant excretions that decrease surface energies, so that the lung doesn't collapse onto itself.  (+ info)

How does the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems work together?

This is for a science project due tomorrow, I have the main part done but I'm having trouble answering these questions:

How do the digestive and respiratory systems work together?

How do the digestive and circulatory systems work together?

How do the respiratory and circulatory systems work together?

Digestive and respiratory work together because the lungs and will supply the blood with o2 and that will travel threw the circulatory system via arteries, veins, and capillaries. the o2 can then be absorbed in the muscles used in the digestive system to break up food and use it for energy.the circulatory and repertory work together to supply the body with o2 and to remove co2. the lungs will take in o2 and will go into small tubes called bronchioles. these will then connect into aveoli then to capillaries. the capillaries then transfer the 02 into the heart to pumped throughout the body. hope this helps good luck  (+ info)

How much does a respiratory therapist with an associates degree make?

I should be starting the Respiratory Therapist 2 yr program next fall and was wondering how much I would start out making in the Raleigh/Durham area. Any info on the subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

An R.T. friend of mine said to expect anywhere between $14-$18 an hour. In some cities it is more.  (+ info)

What happens in your respiratory system when you inhale dust?

Say a big cloud of dust flies in your face while cleaning out a closet… you will probably cough and sneeze.
In addition to these violent exhalations, what are the parts of the respiratory system that are working to keep dust out of your lungs? And what are they doing?

That's what the upper respiratory system is all about.If you breathe the dust in through your nose, dust particles get trapped in the mucous membrane right away but what gets by is caught up in the nasal passages with the turbinates. In the nasal cavity air swirls around a bit and that increases the amount of dust that gets trapped when it hits the walls. Now you're down to the pharynx where you've got the epiglottis and a number of other structures there that are lined with moist membranes.All of these trap the dust also. What gets by the larynx and into the trachea has a real problem because the mucous membranes there are much more responsive to inhaled foreign bodies. Mucous is produced by the glands that line the airways. This traps whatever remains of the dust. Now there are structures in your airways that look like little hairs but they are anything but. They are called cillia and their responsibility is a wave like motion to move the excess mucous escalator fashion back up towards the trachea. Once enough mucous gets into the trachea it stimulates a cough, if you haven't already and expels the dust out.  (+ info)

How to become a respiratory therapist in New Jersey?

I am thinking about becoming a respiratory therapist, but I am unsure where to start. I live in central NJ and wanted to find out more about this career. What schools are there that offer this program and what is the starting salary? Thank you.

An RT program is a 2 year AAS program. (YOU can get a BS but it is not needed) OFten done at community college, The starting salary starts between 15 and 20 hour. It is a good job for the amount of education. There are lots of jobs. You can work at a hospital, PFT lab, sleep lab, dme sales, home care, nursing homes, and asthma clinics.


www.aarc.org  (+ info)

What everyday system is similar to how your respiratory system works?

I need help thinking of ways the respiratory works. So if someone can think of a system that works like your respiratory system does, that would be great :)
If you dont understand my question, think of this; muscles work the same way a rubber band does.

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