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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...
How Do You Test for Emphysema?

How Do You Test for Emphysema?

Emphysema is one of the major pulmonary diseases that is considered a form of COPD. It creates shortness of breath by damaging the air sacs in your lungs. People who are diagnosed with COPD usually have emphysema coupled with chronic bronchitis, which causes problems...
What are the causes of lung infection?

What are the causes of lung infection?

Your lungs have quite the important job in your body. Without them, none of your organs could receive the oxygen-rich blood they need to function correctly. So, if you develop issues with your breathing, the rest of your body suffers too. The lungs are made up of many...
How Are X-Rays Used for Lung Disease?

How Are X-Rays Used for Lung Disease?

For patients who think they may have a lung disease, an X-ray is often a doctor’s best tool to determine the condition of your lungs. While listening to your lungs may indicate that there is a shortness in breath or even a mucus build up within the lungs, your doctor...
How Poor Air Quality Can Affect Your Lungs

How Poor Air Quality Can Affect Your Lungs

Poor air quality is one of the many factors that has contributed to the increased number of people in the United States who have lung diseases. Pollutants in our air such as ground layer ozone, year-round particles and short-term particles are responsible for the...
Is emphysema reversible?

Is emphysema reversible?

Emphysema is a progressive lung disease that is caused by the over-inflation of alveoli, or air sacs in the lung. It is a long-term disease in which the lung tissue that is meant to pass oxygen and carbon dioxide through the lungs is damaged or destroyed. Emphysema...
What are the symptoms of lung disease?

What are the symptoms of lung disease?

There are numerous types of lung diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis, bronchitis, emphysema and sarcoidosis, that are caused by a variety of factors, including smoking, radiation, dust, pre-existing conditions and illnesses like the flu and pneumonia that get...
Can Emphysema Cause Death?

Can Emphysema Cause Death?

The moment that someone receives the diagnosis of emphysema, often the first question that comes to mind is, “Can emphysema cause death?” The answer is yes, but while it is progressive and there are varying degrees of it, there are ways to continue to live with it and...
How Can I Improve My Emphysema?

How Can I Improve My Emphysema?

Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resides in the lungs, causing a shortness of breath due to over-inflation of the air sacs in your lungs. The lung tissue that is meant to help gases, like oxygen and carbon dioxide, pass through...
Emphysema Treatment Guidelines

Emphysema Treatment Guidelines

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...