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Emphysema

What Is Emphysema?

Emphysema is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that gradually destroys the air sacs in the lungs. These air sacs are responsible for bringing oxygen to the bloodstream. As the lung condition progresses, the air sacs begin to form holes, weakening their internal structure in the process. When the air sacs are weakened or damaged, breathing becomes more difficult.

Additionally, emphysema destroys the elasticity of airways that lead to the air sacs. This causes the air sacs to collapse, which in turn traps oxygen in the lungs and prevents it from reaching the bloodstream. All of these factors make breathing a challenge, and people with the condition typically experience chronic shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, among others symptoms.

Contributing factors

Smoking is the leading cause of emphysema and other COPD conditions like chronic bronchitis. However, even people who do not smoke may be at risk, especially older people. As the body breaks down over time, overall physical health declines. Aging and physical decline allow this progressive condition to worsen rapidly.

Historically, men have developed emphysema more often than women, but since 2011, women have reported a higher rate of emphysema diagnosis.

If you would like to learn more about emphysema or explore our available treatment options, please contact one of the Lung Health Institute’s patient coordinators today at (855) 882-1292 to schedule a free consultation.

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