Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

What Is ARDS? ARDS, or acute respiratory distress syndrome, is a lung condition that leads to low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS can be life threatening because your body's organs need oxygen-rich blood to work well. People who ...1

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Symptoms of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of ARDS? The first signs and symptoms of ARDS are feeling like you can't get enough air into your lungs, rapid breathing, and a low blood oxygen level. Other signs and symptoms depend on ...2

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Complications of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Complications From ARDS: If you have ARDS, you can develop other medical problems while in the hospital. The most common problems are:

  • Infections. Being in the hospital and lying down for a long time can put you at risk for ...
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Causes of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

To understand ARDS, it helps to understand how the lungs work. When you breathe, air passes through your nose and mouth into your windpipe. The air then travels to your lungs' air sacs. These sacs are called alveoli (al-VEE ...3

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Causes List for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Some possible causes of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or similar disorders may include:4

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Diagnosis of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

How Is ARDS Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose ARDS based on your medical history, a physical exam, and test results. Medical History Your doctor will ask whether you have or have recently had conditions that could lead to ARDS. For ...5

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Risk Factors for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Who Is at Risk for ARDS? People at risk for ARDS have a condition or illness that can directly or indirectly injure their lungs. Direct Lung Injury Conditions that can directly injure the lungs include:

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Treatments: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

How Is ARDS Treated? ARDS is treated in a hospital's intensive care unit. Current treatment approaches focus on improving blood oxygen levels and providing supportive care. Doctors also will try to pinpoint and treat the underlying cause of the condition ...6

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for ARDS

In the past, ARDS was called stiff ...7

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References

  1. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ards
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ards/ signs
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ards
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ards/ diagnosis
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ards/ treatment
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ards/ names

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