US What is known about former first lady Barbara Bush's health

15:21  17 april  2018
15:21  17 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Barbara Bush: Across Twitter, well wishes pour in for ailing former first lady

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On a muggy July evening, Barbara Bush , the less well- known of the former president' s twin From the beginning, Barbara has worked with the established Boston-based Partners in Health , which, in addition The young girl "already," as the former first lady put it in her memoir, looked "like an angel.

Meanwhile, former first lady Barbara Bush has been discharged and is reportedly "back to her normal self." "Population health " was an important component in the rankings, factoring in access to health care and prevalence of health conditions.

FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. A family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, that the former first lady Barbara Bush is in © The Associated Press FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. A family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, that the former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Former first lady Barbara Bush is receiving "comfort care" at her family's home in Houston after deciding she wanted no further medical treatment for unspecified health problems.

The 92-year-old has suffered from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in recent years, and had surgery in 2009 for severe narrowing of her main heart valve. She also has been treated for decades for a thyroid condition called Graves' disease, and had surgery on a perforated ulcer in 2008.

'I Am Still Old and Still in Love.' Barbara Bush Gave Light-Hearted Health Update Last Month

  'I Am Still Old and Still in Love.' Barbara Bush Gave Light-Hearted Health Update Last Month Former First Lady Barbara Bush gave a light-hearted medical update to her college alumnae magazine just weeks before it was revealed that she is in failing health and is declining to seek additional treatment. “I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe. Former First Lady Barbara Bush gave a light-hearted medical update to her college alumnae magazine just weeks before it was revealed that she is in failing health and is declining to seek additional treatment.

Pausing, she turned to former first lady Laura Bush and added, 'And some of yours, too.' 'It' s dumb to miss something you cant have,' Barbara Bush added. Asked about her husband' s health , Barbara Bush assured that former President George H.W. Bush is 'great.'

And so many of the people in the arena here, you know , were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them. Many interpreted the former first lady ’ s “beautiful mind” remark of 2003 as displaying a similarly callous The New York Times. “ Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees Better Off.”

A family spokesman did not elaborate on whether there were other health problems.

Here is what is known:

COMFORT CARE

People who opt for comfort care receive treatment only for their symptoms, such as shortness of breath or pain, rather than trying to prolong life or cure the underlying health problem, said Tim Simpson, a certified hospice and palliative nurse for almost 28 years

For example, patients having trouble breathing might receive oxygen or steroids; or if they have fluid in their legs because of a bad heart, they might receive diuretics.

"With comfort measures, there are no unnecessary tests except those needed to relieve a patient's symptoms," said Simpson, chief nursing officer at Seasons Hospice in Illinois.

Hospice care has some technical differences. It's for patients who are not expected to live more than six months who sign a waiver officially saying they want only non-life-prolonging treatment of symptoms by a team of caregivers, and it may be covered by Medicare. Comfort care is more of a verbal understanding between doctor and patient, Simpson said.

Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service

  Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service Some 1,500 guests are expected to attend a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation's largest Episcopal church. First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, and former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are among those expected to attend the by-invitation-only service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Houston.

The former first lady was receiving treatment at Methodist Hospital, according to ABC News. News of Barbara Bush ' s health concern comes at the end of 2013, a year of many such concerns for the former White House occupants.

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COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive lung disease that causes inflamed airways, which become smaller and impede a person's ability to get air out of their lungs, said Dr. Kyle Hogarth, a pulmonologist and associate professor in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Hogarth said because of the damage to the lungs, airways collapse easily, which is why patients have difficulty exhaling.

It's usually a combination of many things, including airway obstruction and emphysema, he said. People who are frequently diagnosed with bronchitis, especially in the winter, might have undiagnosed COPD, he said.

COPD usually is caused by smoking, though it can develop in nonsmokers, especially those exposed to second-hand smoke.

It also can indirectly affect the heart, which must work harder to pump blood through the lungs.

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CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

Heart failure is one of the top reasons older people are hospitalized, and a leading cause of death. It develops when the heart muscle weakens over time and can no longer pump effectively, sometimes because of damage from a heart attack. Fluid can back up into the lungs and leave people gasping for breath.

Many people have both heart and lung problems, Hogarth said.

Love letter from George HW Bush to Barbara from WW2 goes viral .
Historians and journalists on Tuesday tweeted out the hand-written love letter that future President George H.W. Bush sent to his then-fiancée Barbara Pierce on Dec. 12, 1943. Michael Beschloss, a presidential historian, tweeted that Bush was a U.S. Navy pilot at the time during World War II. The letter written in blue ink on Navy stationery and begins: "My darling Bar."The future president begins by telling her how happy he was to read their engagement announcement in the newspaper.“I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life.

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