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Emphysema Treatment Options: Breathing Easier with COPD

26 Apr 2018
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A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema gradually destroys air sacs in the lungs that carry oxygen to the bloodstream. Emphysema also reduces the elasticity of airways leading to air sacs. Over time, breathing becomes more difficult, and as the disease progresses, people with the condition typically experience chronic shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing….

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Do I Have COPD or Emphysema? What’s the Difference?

Do I Have COPD or Emphysema_ What’s the Difference

With your lung specifically, two conditions that may pop up as possible causes of your breathing issues include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. What’s the difference?

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6 Great Foods if you Have Emphysema

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When you have emphysema breathing can be difficult. Eating can become a challenge just to chew and breathe at the same time. Here is a list of five foods that may make it easier.

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Emphysema Prognosis After Quitting Smoking: What to Expect

Emphysema Prognosis After Quitting Smoking: What to Expect

It’s important to know the facts about emphysema prognosis after quitting smoking. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect when you quit smoking.

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Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

23 Aug 2017
| Under Disease Education, Emphysema, Lung Disease | Posted by | 14 Comments
Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

There is no cure for emphysema. However, describing it as “fatal” may not be entirely accurate. While emphysema does shorten life expectancy, many patients are able to manage their symptoms with treatment and live long, fulfilling lives. The long-term effects of emphysema and other forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) largely depend on the…

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How Common is Emphysema?

How common is emphysema?

The National Emphysema Foundation estimates that 3.1 million Americans have emphysema. This progressive disease usually affects adults over the age of 45 who are long-term smokers or workers in the coal mining, iron ore mining and related industries. It is most often caused by prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke and inhaled irritants such as coal…

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How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

Emphysema affects lung function in three main ways. First, emphysema causes holes to gradually form inside the lungs’ air sacs, thereby weakening their internal structure and inhibiting the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Second, emphysema damages the elasticity of the airways that lead to the air sacs, causing the air sacs to collapse and…

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Is Emphysema Curable?

8 Aug 2017
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There is no cure for emphysema, but certain treatment methods may help ease the uncomfortable symptoms associated with the condition. Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that causes shortness of breath. Symptoms may be mild at first, but can worsen and negatively impact quality of life as the disease progresses. Traditional…

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Diseases of the Lungs: Could It Be Chronic Lung Disease?

Diseases of the Lungs: Could It Be Chronic Lung Disease?

In any situation where a disease is diagnosed, it’s almost always better to catch it early. This gives you and your doctor time to figure out a plan. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to discuss Diseases of the Lungs: Could It Be Chronic Lung Disease?

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