Lungs and Other Respiratory Diseases

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The page provides quick access to a list of common lungs and respiratory diseases, syndromes, health conditions, and other topics of health importance. The list is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to respective diseases sections that serve as a comprehensive and ultimate guide about the disease or health condition.

Each breath allows our lungs to inhale oxygen from the air and transport it to the bloodstream. Oxygen is highly essential for our body’s growth and function. People suffering from a lung disease may face difficulty in breathing, experience cough and cold, chest tightness and congestion in their lungs and throat.

Lung diseases indicate improper functioning of your respiratory system. Smoking, lung infections, environmental factors and hereditary concerns are the major factors responsible for lung diseases. These factors may damage the lungs and can lead to respiratory failure, in severe cases.

Lung diseases are the third most leading cause of death in the United States. They are responsible for about one in seven deaths worldwide and also a foremost cause of death among infants under the age of one. About 10 million people suffer from lung disease in the U.S.

Common lung diseases which severely affect the human population include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and infections like influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis.