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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a rapidly progressive disease occurring in critically ill patients. The main complication in ARDS is that fluid leaks into the lungs making breathing difficult or impossible.

Learn About ARDS

What is ARDS and is it serious? See what it means to have this disease.

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ARDS Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

Learn what causes ARDS, how to identify its signs and symptoms, and factors that may increase your risk for ARDS.

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Diagnosing & Treating ARDS

Find out what to expect from your doctor and how ARDS is treated.

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Recovering from ARDS

ARDS is a serious disease that can be frightening for patients and families to endure. It is important to know that people can survive ARDS and regain most of their lung function.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about ARDS

Because most people who develop ARDS already are hospitalized, it falls upon their caregivers to advocate for them and consult with their medical team. If you have a loved one with ARDS, ask their doctors these questions.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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