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10 Need-to-Know Questions for Emphysema

11 Jul 2016
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10 Need-to-Know Questions for Emphysema

Knowledge is power. Find out what you need to know.

Chronic lung disease is a serious issue. The breakdown of lung tissue, otherwise known as emphysema, is one of two key descriptors (along with chronic bronchitis) commonly associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The symptoms of chronic lung disease can include shortness of breath, frequent coughing and a significant decline in quality of life. However, for many, understanding emphysema as a process of a larger disease is difficult, and you may have questions for emphysema.

Whether you’ve lived with emphysema for years or have just received a diagnosis, with your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to answer the top 10 Need-to-Know Questions for Emphysema.

10. My shortness of breath has been diagnosed as emphysema. What has caused this condition? 

Typical causes for emphysema include a history of smoking, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, air pollution, old age and heredity.

9. Am I a Risk Group for Emphysema?

Groups that are at risk for developing emphysema are those with a history of asthma, smokers, adults between 40-60 years of age and those exposed to indoor air pollution.

8. How Can You Be certain that I have Emphysema?

A diagnosis of emphysema can be determined through X-ray, CT scan, pulmonary function tests or PFTs and arterial blood gas tests.

7. What’s the difference between COPD and Emphysema?

Emphysema is a condition that is commonly associated with COPD, but is not a disease itself. Common symptoms of emphysema are shortness of breath and the inability to exhale quickly.

 6. Does My Oxygen Level tell Me How bad Emphysema Is?

No. Your oxygen level can tell you how much oxygen you’re breathing in as well as how much oxygen is in your blood, but it cannot tell you the severity of your lung disease.

10 Need-to-Know Questions for Emphysema

5. What Are the Best Places to Live with Emphysema?

First and foremost whenever making a health-related move, it’s important to live in the target destination for an extended period of time first. That being said, humidity, heat, cold air, strong winds, and weather/temperature extremes can all worsen emphysema. For these reasons, places in the South-Western U.S. like Dallas, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona have often been promoted as havens for those suffering from chronic lung disease.

 4. Should Someone with Advanced Emphysema Take Immune Supplements? 

Because of the risk of infection as a result of fluid build-up within the lungs, maintaining a healthy immune system is key to a healthy life. However, it’s important to get the proper vitamins and nutrients through a healthy diet before relying on supplemental immunity boosters.

 3. Apart from Shortness of Breath, Am I Likely to Experience Any Other Symptoms? 

Other common symptoms of emphysema include:

  • Wheezing
  • Cough with or without mucus
  • Reduced ability to exert
  • Pursed lip breathing
  • Loss of weight

 2. Does Emphysema Cause Leg Pain?

Not typically. However, if you’re experiencing leg pain that is distinct from simple muscle fatigue, consult your primary physician as soon as possible.

1. Will Elliptical Exercise Help with Emphysema?

Although exercise is important to increasing cardiovascular performance, it is always best to consult your primary physician regarding a pulmonary rehabilitation program. They can determine a reasonable exercise regimen for you based on your pulmonary function.

We hope your questions for emphysema have been answered. Although it’s important to have the answers to the critical questions of your disease, 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 has 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 the Lung Institute is located? Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today for more info and to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

Interested in our 10 Need-to-Know Questions for Emphysema? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Larry,

    Thank you for reaching out. These are great questions for a patient coordinator and our medical team. I’ll have your patient coordinator reach out today to follow-up with you. Please let us know if you need anything else in the meantime, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. LARRY

    3 months ago

    I had a treatment over 14 months ago, was in the hospital for ten days in June, 2015. was not able to finish the shots and whatevers. I am doing pretty much the same this year as last and I know emphysem is progressing. would i benefit from further stem cell treatments later this year and just what DOES THE STEM CELLS ACCOMPLISH IN ONE IN STAGE 4 EMPHYSEMA?? DOES OR WILL IT GROW ANY AIRSACS OR LUNG TISSUE TO HELP ME BREATHING EASIER FOR ANOTHER COUPLE OF YEARS??? i AM NOT ON FULL TIME OXYGEN YET, I CAN SIT AROUND COMFORTABLY AND OXY LEVELS REMAIN AROUND 93 .. SINKS FAST GOING TO BATHROOM AND BACK TO LIKE 80 OR SO. JUST ASKING. PLEASE RESPOND BY EMAIL.

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