Respiratory (COPD, Asthma)
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What are Respiratory Conditions?
The respiratory system includes the different airways, tissues, organs, nerves, and muscles involved in breathing and introducing oxygen into the body. There are many different conditions that can affect different areas of the respiratory system, causing symptoms like shortness of breath and a risk of serious infection. Most patients experience drastic impacts on their lifestyle and ability to be active, making effective therapies highly important. Fortunately, stem cell therapies can be used to promote regeneration of important tissues and functions that can contribute to respiratory conditions.
What Causes Respiratory Conditions?
Respiratory conditions are most often caused by external factors like smoking or air pollution. However, certain conditions are caused by inflammation that obstructs the airways or severe illnesses that affect the health of respiratory organs and tissues. Each person’s circumstances are unique, so we begin with a full understanding of your symptoms, lifestyle, and risk factors.
What are Common Respiratory Conditions?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for chronic conditions that limit airflow in the lungs. This can cause symptoms like breathlessness and severe coughing, as well as wheezing and chest tightness. It’s most often caused by pollutants like tobacco smoke and chemicals or fumes. It can also be genetic, meaning you can still develop it even if you don’t have other risk factors. COPD is progressive and requires early intervention to ensure that you can live a healthy lifestyle and avoid limitations.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition in which breathing is difficult because important tissues in the lungs become stiff, scarred, and fibrotic. Over time, this means that the lungs become inefficient at introducing oxygen into the blood. This can result in difficulty breathing, especially during activity; weight loss, fatigue, and a change in the shape of the tips of the fingers and toes. These can be the result of a lack of oxygen in the body because of IPF.
Asthma is a serious chronic condition that most sufferers live with their entire lives. It’s caused by swollen and inflamed airways leading to the lungs that can easily be exacerbated by different everyday environments. This can include things like cold air, dust, smoke, and pet dander. Once an asthma attack occurs (where the airways shrink even further and cause extreme difficulty breathing), it can be difficult to control the flow of air and return to a normal state without medication. This can mean that asthma sufferers are unable to live a healthy lifestyle and are unable to exercise regularly or experience certain environments.
Learn More About How Stem Cells Can Help
Respiratory conditions can severely limit your active lifestyle and ability to stay healthy. It can feel like there are few options besides medications and limiting your environment. Stem cells that are gathered from fatty tissues can help to regenerate damaged tissues and functions within your respiratory system. Learn more about stem cells.
Can severely damaged lungs heal?
Lungs have the ability to heal incrementally depending on the damage that was placed on them, much like the healing properties of the liver. However, there is some damage to lung tissue that cannot heal on its own and this is when we recommend stem cell and exosome therapy to improve lung tissue repair, oxygenation, and energy.
Can stem cells grow new lungs?
Stem cells may be useful in regenerating new, healthy lung tissue for some patients using stem cell and exosomes therapy.
Can stem cells repair damaged lungs?
Stem cells may be able to help COPD patients build new, healthy lung tissue or form new capillaries in the lungs to increase oxygenation and nutrient and gas exchange.
Can your lungs heal from COPD?
While there is no cure for COPD, treatment with stem cell therapy can lower the chances of complications and reduce symptoms. Stem cells can also help decrease inflammation and increase oxygenation while healing damaged tissue.
Do lungs heal over time?
The lungs do have the ability to heal and repair themselves over time. However, there are a few conditions that leave lasting damage in the lungs that may need more help from regenerative medicine in order to repair damaged lung tissue.
Schedule a Consultation
At Axis Stem Cell Institute, we believe that a healthy and active lifestyle is the best way to feel like the best version of yourself. However, we understand that respiratory conditions can greatly inhibit your ability to live your best life. We seek to offer the best and most advanced options for regenerative therapies, as well as ensure that you have the most up-to-date information about scientific advancement so that you can make the right choice for your body. Our expert providers can guide you through the process.
Stem cells are a promising option and solution to prescription regimens. Your first step in stem cell therapy is a discussion with our stem cell experts who can recommend the best options for you. To schedule a consultation at our Seattle or St. Petersburg office call 206.823.0960 or fill out our online form.
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