Emphysema Treatment Guidelines

Written by: Lung Health
June 23, 2018

While emphysema is not currently a curable disease, there are a variety of options for creating potentially helpful emphysema treatment guidelines. This disease typically results from long-term exposure to tobacco smoke, dust from hazardous minerals, air pollution and chemical fumes.

Emphysema is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) category, and its patients must deal with the gradual destruction of the air sacs in their lungs, known as alveoli, which makes it progressively more difficult for them to breathe. Emphysema treatment guidelines commonly focus on managing the symptoms of the disease in various ways.

Common Ways of Managing Symptoms That Are Included in Emphysema Treatment Guidelines

From a non-medical standpoint, there are several actions that you can add to your emphysema treatment guidelines that may help you manage your symptoms. One thing you can do is avoid places with thick tobacco smoke or other air pollutants since breathing in hazardous materials will only exacerbate your emphysema symptoms.

Another possibly helpful non-medical action that you can add to you emphysema treatment guidelines is to eat healthily. This may be potentially helpful because a well-nourished body has a better chance of dealing with diseases that you may be susceptible to because of your emphysema. 

While these non-medical actions can be potentially helpful, the main options for emphysema treatment guidelines tend to focus on:

  • Drugs, such as bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids
  • Breathing exercises
  • Supplemental oxygen therapy

All of these medical and non-medical options in your emphysema treatment guidelines may help you manage the symptoms of the disease, but they are not likely to slow the disease’s progression.

Adding Cellular Therapy to Your Emphysema Treatment Guidelines May Lead to Slower Emphysema Progression

One of the newer and more innovative treatments that you should consider adding to your emphysema treatment guidelines in cellular therapy. Lung Health Institute uses cellular therapy as part of its emphysema treatment guidelines due to its potential to slow the progression of the disease.

The procedure for cellular therapy treatments is a 3-step process. First, a blood sample is drawn from the patient. Next, platelet-rich plasma-platelet concentrate is separated and isolated from your blood sample. Finally, the concentrated cells are reintroduced back into your bloodstream. While the process is straightforward, there are many benefits of adding cellular therapy to your emphysema treatment guidelines, which include:

  • The minimally invasive nature of this type of treatment
  • The fact that the treatment is a 2-day, outpatient procedure
  • The low potential for side effects since the treatment is coming from your own cells
  • The potential to promote natural healing and reduce lung inflammation

With all of these potential benefits, you should strongly consider adding cellular therapy to your emphysema treatment guidelines. 

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

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