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Emphysema Stages: What Your Numbers Mean

16 Sep 2016
| Under Emphysema, Lung Disease, Medical | Posted by | 4 Comments
Emphysema Stages: What Your Numbers Mean

The differences in emphysema stages can mean a lot.

If you suffer from a chronic lung disease such as emphysema, the initial diagnosis can be devastating. Not only does it imply a dramatic change in one’s lifestyle, but it can also mean a gradual progression of symptoms. Although unfortunately, emphysema as with other forms of chronic lung disease have no known cure, it is possible to address disease progression head on through proactive treatment.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you the information you need on Emphysema Stages: What Your Numbers Mean.

What is Emphysema?

Contrary to popular belief, emphysema is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a descriptor (along with chronic bronchitis) of the breakdown of lung tissue within chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Symptoms of chronic lung disease include dyspnea (or shortness of breath), coughing and a significant decline in quality of life.

The most common causes of emphysema include a history of smoking, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, air pollution, old age and heredity. Emphysema is usually found and determined through a variety of tests including x-ray, CT scan, PFTs and arterial blood gas tests.

Emphysema Stages: What Your Numbers Mean

What Are Emphysema Stages?

When diagnosed with emphysema, the severity of the disease’s progression can be measured in several emphysema stages, using two different testing methods: the GOLD Emphysema Staging System and the BODE Emphysema Staging System. On one hand, the GOLD system uses the FEV1 metric to determine its staging, while on the other, the BODE System is a bit more comprehensive, working to stage emphysema as well as quality of life within a patient.

The Gold System can be broken down into four stages:

  • Stage I– Mild emphysema (a normal life expectancy is common)
  • Stage II– Moderate Emphysema (5+ life expectancy with treatment)
  • Stage III– Severe Emphysema (5+ life expectancy with treatment)
  • Stage IV*- Very Severe Emphysema (Time is limited even with treatment)

*Typically those with Stage IV emphysema are on supplemental oxygen*

When it comes to measuring quality of life, the BODE System is preferred which collects metrics such as body mass index, airflow limitation (PFTs), breathlessness and exercise capacity through a six-minute walk test.

What Do Emphysema Stages Mean for Me?

In any illness, every individual is different regarding the expression of their symptoms. Genetics, weight, diet and exercise can be large influencers on quality of life and life expectancy. This means that regardless of which of the emphysema stages you may find yourself, the capacity to change your life—and lifespan—through personal lifestyle changes is entirely within your hands. If you’re currently smoking and don’t know where to start, start with quitting.

Emphysema Stages: What Your Numbers Mean

Moving Forward…

Although an emphysema diagnosis can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address emphysema directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like emphysema, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

Interested in our article on Emphysema Stages: What Your Numbers Mean? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. Cameron Kennerly

    1 month ago

    Hello Sharron,

    First and foremost we’d like to thank you for your feedback and response. We’d also like to apologize for the frustration you’re feeling, and the sense that you have no options. We can assure you that our inability to take insurance at this time is not a choice. Unfortunately, it’s an impossibility as stem cell treatment is still awaiting approval for insurance coverage from organizations such as Medicaid, Medicare and traditional HMOs. Although this information can be disheartening, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to discuss healthy lifestyle changes to improve your quality of life, and if interested, alternative funding methods.

    We hope this was helpful and we look forward to hearing from you,

    -The Lung Institute

  2. Sharron Butler

    1 month ago

    You fail to mention your institute does not take insurances so it’s a waste of precious time for us with no extra money, disabled of course, to get all excited, only to find out that only the rich get to live. I am not worth saving even though I worked all my life, owned 3 homes, payed my taxes, never have been in jail, my father was in WWII and have lost my 2nd husband to lung cancer.. It costs $7000 cash for one treatment, and the person I talked to failed to mention it takes more than 1 treatment. I am below the poverty level, not worth saving?!

  3. PB

    1 month ago

    Dear Dan,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing this with us. Please keep us updated on your progress, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you. Feel free to contact us at (855) 3131-1149 to speak with your patient coordinator. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Dan Leonard

    1 month ago

    Hi everyone; I wrote extensively within the COPD blog-post, in it I mentioned Emphazima and also Pulmonary Fibrosis. You may have only been told you have COPD nothing else or more, or you may’ve been told you have 1 thing but not 3-4-5 things. What I would advise to do here is to click-read every Lung Institute blog-post like this one they have, believe me it will open your eyes to a new world and answers you likely have sought for for many years, I would also highly recommend uploading twiiter onto your ihpone tablet or laptop, once you do typo in stem cell research, start clicking reading, it won’t take long before you’ll have several professional stemcell men & women replying to you, just be careful about what products to buy via internet, some may not be right, some may be your answers, always best to confer with your Dr and Lung Institute as well as certified Drs, Nurses, Specialists with stem cell research facilities. One thing’s clear, if you are near or at stage 3 COPD, and stage 3 Emphazima then you really need to consider having Lung Insititute serve you. I was a patient back on August 3rd 4th 5th 2016 in Nashville Tn, am glad I did have procedures done, otherwise I likely would be looking at months to a year to live, now I have a chance at a much longer life, see my complete blogposts, thank you 🙂

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