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Respiratory failure happens when not enough oxygen passes from your lungs into your blood. Your body's organs, such as your heart and brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work well. Respiratory failure also can happen if your lungs can't remove carbon dioxide (a waste gas) from your blood. Too much carbon dioxide in your blood can harm your body's organs.

Diseases and conditions that affect your breathing can cause respiratory failure. Examples include

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  1. Respiratory Failure (National Library of Medicine)  
    Respiratory failure happens when not enough oxygen passes from your lungs into your blood. Your body's organs, such ... brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work well. Respiratory failure also can happen if your lungs can't ...
  2. What Causes Respiratory Failure? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Respiratory Failure? Diseases and conditions that impair breathing can cause ... injure your lungs. Normal Lungs and Conditions Causing Respiratory Failure Figure A shows the location of the lungs, ...
  3. How Is Respiratory Failure Treated? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Respiratory Failure Treated? Treatment for respiratory failure depends on whether ... relieve discomfort. Treatments for the Underlying Cause of Respiratory Failure Once your doctor figures out what's causing your ...
  4. Living with Respiratory Failure From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Living With Respiratory Failure One of the main goals of treating respiratory failure is to treat the underlying cause of the ...
  5. How Is Respiratory Failure Diagnosed? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Respiratory Failure Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose respiratory failure based on your medical history, a physical exam, ...
  6. ... Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Hereditary myopathy with early respiratory failure (often shortened to HMERF ) On this page: Description ... 2012 What is HMERF? Hereditary myopathy with early respiratory failure (HMERF) is an inherited muscle disease that predominantly ...
  7. Respiratory Failure From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Respiratory Failure? Respiratory (RES-pih-rah-tor-e) failure is ... brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work well. Respiratory failure also can occur if your lungs can't ...
  8. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Respiratory Failure? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... Twitter. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Respiratory Failure? The signs and symptoms of respiratory failure depend on its underlying cause and the levels ...
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  10. JAMA Patient Page: Lung Complications After Surgery (American Medical Association) - PDF  
    ... and the large blood vessels around the heart. • Respiratory failure : When a person develops respiratory failure, he or she cannot breathe adequately for his ...
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