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Offline rosalind dna

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What causes Pneumonia?
« on: 22/07/2008 12:56:33 »
I have known that Pneumonia exists in some people/patients but I don't know
about any of the causes for it affecting certain people.

Are they from every age range or just the elderly?

Also how does low Blood Pressure and other things affect Pneumonia?
In what proportion of the population can it be fatal?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 22/07/2008 15:28:49 »
People of any age can get pneumonia,
 but it is a common cause of death in the elderly because they have poor circulation (cardiovascular disease).
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1071117
 

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« Reply #2 on: 22/07/2008 15:50:44 »
People of any age can get pneumonia,
 but it is a common cause of death in the elderly because they have poor circulation (cardiovascular disease).
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1071117

RD I asked this question because my Father is in hospital with a mild form of pneumonia and has chlosterol problems also low Blood pressure (BP).

How else can these affect him considering his on the oxygen provided.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 22/07/2008 16:31:52 »
low blood pressure (hypotension) is a symptom of heart disease, (cardiac insufficiency).
Medications are available which increase the output of the heart, (e.g. digoxin, a.k.a. "heart tablets").
Treating low blood pressure should reduce the chance of pneumonia reoccurring by reducing the probably of fluid accumulating in the lungs, (pulmonary oedema).

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Diuretics and digoxin frequently lead to improvement of symptoms
http://www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/healthcare/shetlandwide/ward3/documents/res-DrugTreatmentInHeartFailure.pdf
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« Reply #4 on: 22/07/2008 16:52:23 »
low blood pressure (hypotension) is a symptom of heart disease, (cardiac insufficiency).
Medications are available which increase the output of the heart, (e.g. digoxin, a.k.a. "heart tablets").
Treating low blood pressure should reduce the chance of pneumonia reoccurring by reducing the probably of fluid accumulating in the lungs, (pulmonary oedema).

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Diuretics and digoxin frequently lead to improvement of symptoms
http://www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/healthcare/shetlandwide/ward3/documents/res-DrugTreatmentInHeartFailure.pdf

RD thanks for searching for these sites.
Also he has been discharged and is in Manchester and loads of anti-biotics.

I do know a bit about Blood Pressure and heart conditions.
 

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What causes Pneumonia?
« Reply #5 on: 25/07/2008 14:55:31 »
What are the after-effects of pneumonia?

Also how long does it take to get better from this serious illness specially in the elderly??

Another question, what kind of medications don't go with statins for heart conditions.
(My Dad's using statins and antibiotics) that is why I'm asking.

Thanks Rosalind
 

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