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Contrary to popular belief, emphysema isn’t a standalone disease itself, but (along with chronic bronchitis) it is a description of lung changes that occur within the larger category of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Emphysema is characterized by damaged air sacs or alveoli within the lungs, which makes it difficult for the body to get the necessary oxygen to function properly. Simply put, if COPD was on a scale, chronic bronchitis would be at one end, and emphysema would be on the other.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to break down the key essentials to Improving Emphysema Disease Management, to allow you to live better and breathe easier.
Start with the Diagnosis
If you’ve experienced difficulty breathing (shortness of breath during routine activities), it may be time to go to the doctor to find out what’s wrong. A doctor or pulmonologist will be able to evaluate your condition, your stage, as well as provide some insight into the some of the causes of the disease, while offering suggestions to improve the quality of life.
Stay on Top of It
Although symptoms of emphysema may seem only slight inconveniences at first, it’s important to live a lifestyle that mitigates the rise of symptoms as much possible. To avoid later hospital admissions, poor quality of life and the need for supplemental oxygen, check your vitals often and know when it’s time to see a professional if you see a significant decline in your pulmonary function.
As we’ve mentioned before, smoking is among the worst—yet preventable—health choices you can make. Damaging your lungs, brain and body as soon as you take your first puff, it is critical to stop this activity immediately in order to avoid making the symptoms of emphysema even worse.
Keep Your Environment Clean
Airborne pollutants, chemicals and pollen can be harmful to those living with emphysema. The quality of the air we breathe is incredibly important to the health of our lungs. As the lungs are the only internal organ exposed to outside air, avoid harmful materials and gases such as smoke or dust to keep these crucial organs clear and unobstructed.
A Good Body is a Healthy One
Perhaps the most important element of emphysema disease management is maintaining one’s health. Through diet, nutrition and regular exercise, it’s possible to increase one’s quality of life by providing the body with more natural energy and exercise. A secondary aspect of keeping a healthy body is to regularly get immunizations to common flu and infectious viruses. Unfortunately, complications of illnesses such as the flu and pneumonia are common in those with a respiratory illness. To avoid this, remember to stay up-to-date on your shots and immunizations.
Emphysema can be a devastating disease if left untreated, and time can be a factor in any decision. If you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to your health, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pneumoconiosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Wondering how stem cell therapy works? Or where is the Lung Institute? Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today for more info and to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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