Category Archives for Respiratory System

Chest Wall Pain

Discomfort in the chest area doesn’t always mean it’s a heart attack. There are other possible reasons this can happen. Causes of Chest Wall Pain One of the most common reasons is irritation of the pleura, the membrane that shelters the lungs. The membrane is quite sensitive. The slightest irritation may cause severe pain. Exactly what brings this about is not yet clear. Another potential cause is costochondritis. This affects the cartilage linked to the sternum. It may also cause pain in the...

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Definition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is generally associated with the diseases emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These two diseases involve characteristic chronic obstruction of the airways within the lungs subsequently affecting airflow. The obstruction is likely to be permanent and will progress with the passage of time. Read more

Lung Disease

Located in the chest on either side of the heart, lungs are one of the vital organs in the human body required for respiration. Their main functions includes transporting oxygen inhaled from the atmosphere to our bloodstream and releasing carbon dioxide from the bloodstream, back into the atmosphere. To put it simply, when our lungs do not perform efficiently we end up having difficulty with breathing. Lung disease refers to several disorders that affect the lungs. Lung cancer, asthma, tuberculosis,...