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Respiratory Disorders Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

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The average person takes nearly 25,000 breaths a day. When the respiratory system is working properly, most of the work is done automatically; however, for millions of people with respiratory disorders, meeting the body’s vital need to take in life-sustaining oxygen and remove carbon dioxide becomes a challenge. Infections can cause mucus that narrows the airways. Asthma triggers can cause muscles around the airways to tighten, restricting airflow. Long-term exposure to toxins, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, and chemical fumes, can lead to a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease that is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Respiratory Disorders Sourcebook, Fifth Edition provides updated information about the causes, triggers, and treatments of infectious and inflammatory diseases of the respiratory system, including asthma, COPD, influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. It also discusses other conditions that impair a person’s ability to breathe, such as cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, and traumatic lung injuries. Lab and imaging tests used to diagnose respiratory disorders are explained, and a special section about pediatric concerns looks at the issues that arise when children experience breathing problems. The book also offers tips for living with chronic lung conditions, a glossary of related terms, and a directory of helpful organizations.

The book is divided into parts and chapters where parts focus on broad areas of interest and chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Understanding and Preventing Respiratory Problems describes the components of the respiratory system and how they work together to facilitate healthy breathing. It discusses factors that can impact respiratory functioning, including genetics, allergies, hormonal changes, the aging process, and exposure to toxins and irritants. The part concludes with statistical information about common respiratory disorders in the United States.

Part II: Infectious Respiratory Disorders discusses bacterial, viral, and fungal agents that lead to such illnesses as the common cold, bronchitis, influenza, ear infections, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, sinusitis, tonsillitis, strep throat, aspergillosis, histoplasmosis, and inhalation anthrax. The part also offers tips for preventing the transmission of communicable respiratory diseases.

Part III: Inflammatory Respiratory Disorders begins with information about the most common chronic respiratory disorder—asthma, which affects more than 25 million people in the United States. In addition, the part describes other respiratory disorders that are characterized by inflammation. These include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and occupational lung diseases, such as those related to exposures to asbestos, silica, and mold.

Part IV: Other Conditions That Affect Respiration offers information about disorders and diseases that impact lung function and the ability to breath normally, including cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy. This part also discusses lung trauma and lung-related emergencies that can be life threatening, such as pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension, hemothorax, and pneumothorax.

Part V: Pediatric Respiratory Disorders discusses the effect of specific respiratory disorders on children. These include asthma, which affects more than 7 million children in the United States, croup, meconium aspiration, and respiratory syncytial virus (bronchiolitis).

Part VI: Diagnosing and Treating Respiratory Disorders explains how pulmonologists and respiratory therapists treat and work with patients, and it describes common diagnostic tests, including pulmonary function tests and spirometry, blood gases tests, bronchoscopy, chest CT and MRI scans, and others. Information about commonly used medications, surgical procedures, and pulmonary rehabilitation therapies is also included.

Part VII: Living with Chronic Respiratory Problems offers tips about minimizing triggers that contribute to asthma and other respiratory disorders, and it explains emergency action plans. Strategies for using common medical devices associated with respiratory care—including inhalers, peak flow monitors, supplemental oxygen, and nebulizers—are also included.

Part VIII: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of important terms related to respiratory disorders and a directory of organizations that offer information to patients with respiratory disorders and their families and caregivers.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Includes access to Health Reference Series Online.
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts