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Category Archives: Respiratory/Lungs

Straight, No Chaser: Pulmonary Embolus (A Blood Clot in the Lungs)

When I was a young, wide-eyed medical student, I learned that in a large number of cases, when people died from unexplained cases, the autopsies would often show the patient died f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 24, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Blood Clots in Your Legs – Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

If you’re a sports fan, you’re likely aware of the death last week of a 52 year old former star of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, Jerome Kersey, followed two d
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 23, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Lung Health – Know The Signs of Danger

October features Lung Heath Day. Before that, I would suggest you should be in complete awe of your lungs. Did you know you take over 20,000 breaths a day? Your lungs brings air i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 24, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: COPD

You already know a lot about COPD without realizing it or even having to think about it. You’ve seen patients walking around with the oxygen tanks or tubes in their noses. Howev
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 6, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Learn About Hookahs – Your Teens Have!

I love the responses I get from you. Even the spam is entertaining. Most recently, when I posted this, the most common response was some variation of this theme: “What’s a hook
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 16, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: What Will You Do If Your Baby Starts Choking?

We’ve previously discussed how to address choking in adults. Today, we address the twin horrors of needing to save a baby’s life (those younger than 12 months old) from choking
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 12, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: How Can I Save Myself If I'm Choking?

If you’re the type that is cool under pressure, you’re well positioned to think your way out of many dangerous situations. If you’re the type that’s incline
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 11, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Smoking Cessation RESOLVED

Ok. On our New Year’s resolutions list, we’ve covered diet and exercise. Now what? Of course. Several of you have promised me that you would stop smoking for the new ye
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 5, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: The Challenges and Frustration of Acute Bronchitis

Imagine what it looks like when someone gets hit in the jaw. There’s the redness, swelling from excess fluid in the area, warmth and pain. Those are the components of inflammatio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 26, 2013

From the Health Library of "My doctor said I was a high-risk asthmatic. What does that mean?"

If you have an asthmatic in your life, it’s important to know that asthmatics die.  The risk of death is higher in certain asthmatics. If you or your loved one is in this su
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 17, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding Asthma – Toothpicks and Snot (Part 1 of 2)

Asthma concerns me. I’ve had many close friends and family suffer with the disease. In fact, a very good friend died of an attack while in medical school, because he didn’t ha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 16, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (To End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) System

The fourth part of this series looks at your heart and lungs.  One thing the heart and lung share in common is, left to their own devices, they could function normally for much lo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 2013

Cigar Smoking: Facts and Fiction

It’s the latest, greatest, coolest past-time.  Endorsed and practiced by celebrities the world over, cigar smoking has clearly and successfully marketed itself as a convenie
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 7, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Smoking Cessation

You’ve all been asked what things you’d take with you on a desert island.  I’ll pose and answer the opposite question, but not on an island but regarding your life.  Gettin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding Asthma – Toothpicks and Snot (Part 2 of 2)

As we move into discussing asthma treatment, remember that asthmatics die at an alarming rate.  I mentioned yesterday (and it bears repeating) that death rates have increased over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 16, 2013
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