Stretching exercises for people with lung diseases are designed to gently lengthen large muscle groups to improve overall flexibility and muscle efficiency. Stretching on a daily basis will make you feel more agile and will improve your ability to exercise. It is often uncomfortable but becomes easier with time. Stretching should always be done slowly and gently. A sustained prolonged stretch will provide the best benefit. Do not use bouncing or jerking motions when stretching. Stretching may be done daily without harm, however it is important to consult a health professional about a stretching program if you have any health problems or if you experience any persistent discomfort or joint pain with these activities.
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How can stretching exercises help people with lung diseases?
Lyall Gorenstein, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
When should I call the doctor about a cough?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredCall or go to the doctor or clinic for:
- Any coughing in a baby less than 3 months old that affects sleeping or feeding
- In a child under 3 years old, a cough that sounds like a seal barking
- A cough that happens suddenly and doesn't stop for an hour or more
- Wheezing (whistling sound when you breathe in or out)
- Breathing quickly or trouble taking a deep breath
- Losing weight for no reason
- Extreme tiredness
- Sweating at night
- Chest pain when coughing
- Coughing with a high fever or long-lasting fever
- A cough that lasts for 2 weeks and isn't getting better
How is interstitial lung disease diagnosed?
Lyall Gorenstein, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of SurgeryThe diagnosis of interstitial lung, can often be made with a high resolution CT scan. In some instances a biopsy is required. The diagnosis of ILD has become significantly more accurate as a result of thoracoscopy, a minimal access procedure utilizing small incisions and video-endoscopic instruments rather than traditional invasive methods to view the chest. Multiple areas of the lung can be biopsed and scanned to determine the presence of this disorder without the need for a large incision.
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