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Is it too late to quit smoking when you have emphysema?

Is it too late to quit smoking when you have emphysema?

Emphysema is a chronic lung disease that damages the air sacs in your lungs, causing shortness of breath. Inflammation overwhelms these air sacs and leads to the buildup of irreversible scar tissue. This scar tissue prevents the air sacs from doing their job of...
Eight tips for how to live better when you have emphysema

Eight tips for how to live better when you have emphysema

Emphysema causes shortness of breath and other symptoms that make life more challenging. There is no cure for emphysema, so people who have the disease must learn how to live with it. Treatments for emphysema can help reduce the severity of its symptoms and slow its...
Three winter exercises for people with emphysema

Three winter exercises for people with emphysema

Emphysema causes shortness of breath by damaging the air sacs of your lungs. There is no cure for emphysema, but treatments can help slow its progression and manage its symptoms. Without treatment, the disease can progress at a faster rate and you may suffer from more...
Does cold weather make emphysema worse?

Does cold weather make emphysema worse?

Preventing flare-ups is one of the main goals of emphysema treatment. Flare-ups of symptoms make it difficult to breathe, and severe flare-ups can threaten your quality life. Because of this, it’s important to identify what causes your flare-ups and how to avoid them....
Living with emphysema when it’s cold outside

Living with emphysema when it’s cold outside

Many people who have emphysema report having more symptom flare-ups and difficulties breathing during the winter months. This is because cold, dry air can cause the airways in your lungs to constrict, which is the last thing you need when you have emphysema. You can...
What to do when you have flare-ups of emphysema symptoms

What to do when you have flare-ups of emphysema symptoms

When you’re living with emphysema, it’s important to get treatment and make lifestyle changes to help reduce your shortness of breath. Treatment, nutritional changes, better hygiene and breathing exercises can help you breathe better. However, despite all of your...
Have emphysema? Try these three breathing exercises

Have emphysema? Try these three breathing exercises

Emphysema is one of the forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that can cause shortness of breath. It causes inflammation that damages the air sacs of the lungs. These air sacs are consequently covered with scar tissue that cannot be healed. Treating...
Four tips for living well with emphysema

Four tips for living well with emphysema

Life is hard when you have emphysema, but it can be harder if you aren’t active in treating the disease and improving your lifestyle. There are many ways you can make improvements in your life that can help improve your breathing. Below are four tips that we know...
Tips for Emphysema Prevention

Tips for Emphysema Prevention

Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that causes shortness of breath. Emphysema grows worse over time, causing more symptoms and eventually leading to respiratory failure or heart failure. Treatment for emphysema can help slow its...
Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that causes shortness of breath. Emphysema damages the air sacs in your lungs with inflammation that builds up scar tissue. This scar tissue keeps your air sacs from working properly, and it cannot be...
How Common is Emphysema?

How Common is Emphysema?

Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that damages the air sacs in your lungs. These air sacs are responsible for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide into and out of your bloodstream. When a condition such as emphysema causes...
How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

Your lungs have the important responsibility of taking oxygen from the air and distributing it into your bloodstream and removing carbon dioxide from your body. When your lungs cannot function at 100 percent, you may begin to notice shortness of breath that causes...
What is Emphysema and What Does It Do to You?

What is Emphysema and What Does It Do to You?

Smoking cigarettes, exposure to dust particles and pollution and a couple of rare genetic factors can cause chronic lung diseases to affect your ability to breathe. One lung disease that millions of people are diagnosed with is emphysema. Emphysema is a form of...