Study Reports Vaping Increases Emphysema Risk

Study Reports Vaping Increases Emphysema Risk

When vaping first appeared, many medical professionals thought that it might be a safer alternative to smoking. Statements like these could be one of the reasons that about 1 in 5 people between the ages of 18 and 29 report vaping regularly.  Unfortunately, emerging...
New Study Links Air Pollution to Emphysema Risk

New Study Links Air Pollution to Emphysema Risk

While smoking is one of the leading causes of emphysema, some people diagnosed with this condition have never smoked. Now, a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)...
How Is Emphysema Diagnosed?

How Is Emphysema Diagnosed?

Emphysema, along with conditions like chronic bronchitis, is a progressive lung disorder that is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD. This condition affects people by disrupting their ability to breathe and depriving the blood of needed...
Recognizing Emphysema Symptoms

Recognizing Emphysema Symptoms

Emphysema is a progressive lung condition that affects the tiny air sacs that transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. By disrupting a function as basic as breathing, emphysema causes a serious health risk to people diagnosed with this condition. While it is not curable,...
What Is Emphysema? A Basic Overview

What Is Emphysema? A Basic Overview

People with emphysema almost always have to deal with shortness of breath. This primary symptom develops because of damage to the air sacs in the lungs, which are essential to the breathing process. Millions of Americans live with emphysema, and if you or a loved one...
Emphysema: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Treatments?

Emphysema: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Treatments?

Emphysema is a lung condition that affects the air sacs, or alveoli, in the lungs. Inside these small balloon-like sacs, oxygen from the air we breathe is transferred to our blood. The alveoli need to be very thin to allow this exchange to occur, which means they can...
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...
When do you see a doctor for flare-ups of emphysema symptoms?

When do you see a doctor for flare-ups of emphysema symptoms?

By: By:  Share on facebook Share on google Share on twitter Share on linkedin Shortness of breath is a normal part of life when you have emphysema. The disease progresses in stages. In its early stages, you may not notice much shortness of breath. As it progresses,...
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...