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Inova pediatric lung specialist cites ‘epidemic’ use of e-cigarettes among youth As national reports continue to roll in of mysterious and severe “vaping illnesses” affecting hundreds of younger Americans who’ve used e-cigarettes, Inova’s Sunil Kapoor, MD, shares his views as part of the collective sense of alarm. Dr. Kapoor, Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology and Medical…

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When 8-months-pregnant Jihye Ha needed emergency care, the situation turned critical for her and the baby. Throughout her first pregnancy, Jihye Ha seemed to be sailing through it without much difficulty or discomfort — but then in February, at 32 weeks, she began noticing a strange development. Her fingernails were turning blue. Ha also started…

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The Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction Program helps patients with severe COPD through a minimally invasive procedure More than 11 million people in the U.S. live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Some patients can manage symptoms through physical therapy and oxygen therapy. But for patients with more severe COPD, the only treatment options were an…

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Kareem Ahmad, MD, specializes in pulmonary diseases at Inova.

By Kareem Ahmad, MD, who specializes in pulmonary disease at Inova’s Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program Everyone’s lung function decreases over time as they age, but those with acute or chronic respiratory conditions — such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — experience this reduction at a much faster rate due to ongoing lung…

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Leapfrog Group, U.S. News recognize Inova Fairfax Medical Campus for care quality Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC) is the recent recipient of several accolades. Leapfrog: Most recently, The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that drives momentum for improved quality and safety in healthcare, named IFMC a Top Teaching Hospital. The distinction is considered one…

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Colleen Adamson survives and thrives 20 years after lifesaving operation On the day Colleen Adamson was listed for a lung transplant by her Inova Fairfax Medical Campus doctors, they asked her if she was ready for the major operation. “Absolutely. I can’t breathe,” she told them. “I can’t wait.” Little did anyone know on July…

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Breathe Easier It’s an all too-frequent dilemma. Those with an acute or chronic respiratory condition feel they should avoid physical activity because it can worsen their shortness of breath (also called dyspnea), characterized by difficult or labored breathing. However, as their activity level decreases, they become deconditioned. “That means you lose endurance to tolerate even…

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