hyper-inflated lungs

What Causes Hyper-Inflated Lungs?

Written by: Lung Health
July 26, 2018

Some severe lung conditions, like COPD, may cause air to become trapped in your lungs. When this happens, the lungs can over-inflate, which causes additional problems on top of the symptoms you already experience from your lung condition.

What Causes Hyper-Inflated Lungs?

Hyperinflation of the lungs occurs when lung disease damages and scars lung tissue, reducing the elasticity of your lungs. Without this elasticity, it becomes difficult to exhale.

Hyper inflated lungs may occur in 2 forms:

  • Static hyperinflation  The lungs become hyper inflated while resting.
  • Dynamic hyperinflation   The lungs become hyper-inflated during physical activity.

COPD patients may experience either or both of these forms of hyperinflation throughout the duration of the disease. There is no cure for these chronic lung conditions, but medical treatment may help reduce the severity of the symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Hyper-Inflated Lungs?

The following may accompany the symptoms of COPD and other lung diseases if hyperinflation is involved:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Heart disorders
  • Difficulty with muscular function

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should visit a medical professional for an examination. Usually, an x-ray will reveal if the lungs are hyper inflated and require treatment.

At Lung Health Institute, our team of lung care professionals offers treatment options for hyperinflation and other lung conditions. Our specialists will work 1 on 1 with you to guide you through each step of treatment.

What Are the Treatment Options for Hyper-Inflated Lungs?

When treating hyper-inflated lungs, the goal is to help patients exhale properly again to reduce air buildup in the lungs. Some treatments that may assist with your breathing include oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.

At Lung Health Institute, we help patients empower their bodies’ to fight lung disease with treatments like the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative. This treatment aims to reduce inflammation and help you breathe better again with nutritional guidance. With treatment options like this, we have helped more than 8,000 patients across the nation breathe better and improve their quality of living.

Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation at 888-745-6697.

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