What Is the Life Expectancy for Bronchiectasis?

What Is the Life Expectancy for Bronchiectasis?

For somebody with bronchiectasis, life expectancy can be a significant concern. In the same class as COPD and emphysema, bronchiectasis is a chronic obstructive lung condition that leads to pulmonary inflammation and infection. Over time, the walls of the bronchi thicken and mucus builds up, scarring and damaging the lungs. One of the most frustrating parts of bronchiectasis is the periodic flare-ups, which can make it difficult to breathe — and will get worse over time.
There are two types of bronchiectasis — congenital and acquired (non-congenital) — and prognosis depends largely on which type you have. Congenital forms such as those caused by cystic fibrosis may have poorer outcomes than acquired types, which are often caused by damage to the airway or repeated lung infections rather than smoking or inhaling contaminants.
Bronchiectasis itself does not shorten your lifespan, but certain symptoms and complications may arise that could decrease life expectancy in those with the disease. However, it is important to see your doctor for an exam and consultation to talk about your specific situation and contributing factors.

What complications may arise from bronchiectasis?

Complications of bronchiectasis include:
Pneumonia. Due to the buildup of mucus in the lungs, some patients may have bouts of pneumonia. Pneumonia has many possible causes, but most often it is a complication of the flu. There were 43,000 deaths from pneumonia in 2019, so it’s important to stay on top of your health when living with bronchiectasis. During cold and flu season, wash your hands frequently, avoid crowded places and wear a mask if necessary.
Massive hemoptysis. This can happen if a blood vessel supplying the lung splits open and causes bleeding; the blood is then coughed up. Symptoms include coughing up more than 100ml (about one-third of a soda can) of blood within a 24-hour period, breathing difficulties, lightheadedness, dizziness, or cold and clammy hands. If you suspect you might have massive hemoptysis, call 911.
Heart failure. A study showed that patients with bronchiectasis may be at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.
Respiratory failure. Because of the damage caused to the lungs over time and the higher chance of infection, patients with bronchiectasis may eventually go into respiratory failure. This is one of the more common causes of death for those with bronchiectasis.

Cellular therapy treats bronchiectasis at the source

While certain medications and treatments can address the symptoms of bronchiectasis, cellular therapy is a type of regenerative treatment that can treat chronic lung disorders like bronchiectasis by targeting the actual source of the condition — the lungs.

If you or someone you love has COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), ILD (Interstitial lung disease), emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, or another chronic lung disorder, call us today at 866-638-4776 and learn more about what our innovative therapy has the potential to do for you. 

Our dedicated team of Patient Care Specialists and Board-Certified Medical Providers are standing by to answer all your questions.

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Recipes for Lung Detox

Recipes for Lung Detox

A Healthy Diet for Healthy Lungs

According to the American Lung Association, the average adult takes 20,000 breaths each day. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disorder, these breaths will be harder for you, so it is particularly important to eat healthy foods and drink healthy liquids so that your body is nourished and has the energy to support your breathing. There are many foods that you can eat to support lung function and lung detox, and we have compiled some recipes for you to try. Since it can be difficult to cook and eat when you’re suffering from lung disorders, we chose foods that are easy to make and consume. Begin your road trip to wellness with these recipes for lung detox that promote healthy lung function:

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon

Salmon is high in omega-3s. A study published in Chest reported that those who consumed omega-3s saw a significant drop in lung inflammation and improved results on the six-minute walking test.

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 fresh 6″ rosemary sprigs, about 1 tablespoon chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of salmon, preferably Copper River Salmon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Peel and chop garlic and rosemary and set aside.
  • Place salmon on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic. Place in the oven and roast for 12 minutes or until the salmon is flaky.

Lung Rejuvenator Juice

Lung Rejuvenator Juice

This healthy juice contains watercress, which helps soothe swollen breathing passages and lubricates the lungs. Turnips are high in vitamin A and lemons contain vitamin C, which are both full of antioxidants and both will help promote lung health. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 turnip
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon

Directions:

Place all the above ingredients in a juicer, blend it and serve! If you don’t have a juicer, you can put these items in a blender, then separate the juice and pulp using a strainer. Enjoy this once or twice a day. This healthy juice is best absorbed on an empty stomach. This recipe is for one serving.

Lung Stimulating Smoothie

Lung Stimulating Smoothie

This tasty smoothie contains lemons and oranges, both of which reduce the production of free radicals in the body. They can help reduce phlegm, making it easier to breathe. Pineapple reduces swelling, and pineapple juice has been known to help reduce coughing. Additionally, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelin which helps the lungs remove debris and detox naturally. Peppermint contains menthol, which soothes and relaxes the respiratory tract. The lung stimulating smoothie can be consumed multiple times each day to help reduce symptoms. This recipe makes just over two cups.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice (2 large oranges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 piece of ginger (peel removed) 2″ long up to 1″ thick
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple (can be fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp peppermint oil (or 5 peppermint leaves)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, blend then serve immediately. You also can store half the smoothie in the fridge for a snack later.

Love Your Lungs Juice

Love Your Lungs Juice

Cilantro helps the body remove heavy metals, which have been linked to lung disease. Carrots are a great source of vitamin A. Celery is full of organic sodium, which helps eliminate carbon dioxide from the body. Ginger helps remove air pollutants and other irritants from your lungs before they have time to irritate the lungs. It also reduces congestion and improves circulation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple center (contains the most bromelin)
  • 3 celery stalks (the greener the better)
  • 2 carrots
  • Small handful of cilantro
  • 1 inch ginger root (peeled)

Directions:

Place all the above ingredients in a juicer, blend it and serve! If you don’t have a juicer, you can put these items in a blender, then separate the juice and pulp using a strainer. Enjoy this once or twice a day. This healthy juice is best absorbed on an empty stomach. This recipe is for one serving.

While diet can certainly help improve lung function, many cases of debilitating lung disorders require additional treatment. If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic lung disorder, Centers for Respiratory Health may be able to help.

Our dedicated team of Patient Care Specialists and Board-Certified Medical Providers is here to help ensure a smooth patient experience on your journey to BREATHE EASIER. Contact us today by calling 866-638-4776 to learn more about our innovative cellular therapy.

 

 

Medical Disclaimer: This content is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you read in this article. We strive for 100% accuracy, but errors may occur, and medications, protocols, and treatment methods may change over time.