What is a pulmonary edema?

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Very few people really know what pulmonary edema is. For this reason, we have decided to make this article so that you can find out about this disease, which is very common.

A pulmonary edema occurs when fluid accumulates inside the lungs, resulting in lower respiratory capacity for the person who is suffering from it. It is important to diagnose it quickly since otherwise the individual will have even more difficulty breathing and, in the worst case, it can lead to death.

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The reason is to know why this happens. The blood that is in the blood vessels can sometimes go to the outside producing pulmonary edema. The alveoli are flooded and that is why lung capacity is reduced. This exit to the outside happens due to a malfunction of the heart or lungs.

It is very important that it is diagnosed quickly so that the appropriate medical treatment can be carried out as soon as possible. In the process of treating pulmonary edema, it is essential to maintain oxygen levels in the blood, which is achieved thanks to 3 methods:

Oxygen: Oxygen must be supplied through a mask to the person suffering from pulmonary edema. Oxygen is administered continuously and with percentages that depend on the degree of severity that the patient has.

PEEP: What this method does is a positive pressure in the lungs so that the alveoli return to carry out the oxygen exchange.

Mechanical ventilation: This method is the last one and is used only if the previous treatments did not bring any improvement to the patient.

Pulmonary edema is not a simple disease, it requires that it be diagnosed quickly and that the corresponding treatments be carried out. In this way the person will be able to recover quickly.

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