Q. what is "pulmonary edema" and what are the risks? my Dr. told me I'm in a risk group for pulmonary edema, he tried to explain what it is but i didn't understand fully...if someone may give me a brief explanation- I'll appreciate it! A. pulmonary edema occurs when, lets say, your heart left ventricle stops working properly and your right ventricle works fine. that means your lungs getting lets presume- 1 liter of blood -but your left ventricle can pump out of it only 990 ml. that means you have high blood pressure in your lungs and fluid comes out of blood vessels and fills your lungs, making it harder and harder breathing.
Conventional management of acute perinatal asphyxia was reviewed by James Lemons. Although there is a lack of appropriate evaluation through randomized trials, conventional management currently includes prompt and expert resuscitation, support of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, careful monitoring of basic metabolic and hematologic parameters, vigorous treatment of seizures, attention to other organ system injury, avoidance of unproved therapy and timely intervention with conventional management including circulatory and metabolic support. Newer therapies warrant careful assessment as the mechanisms underlying the cellular and molecular pathophysiology of asphyxia become clearly defined. Prevention is the most effective but most elusive strategy to decrease perinatal morbidity secondary to birth asphyxia.