Some severe lung conditions, like COPD, may cause air to become trapped in your lungs. When this happens, the lungs can over-inflate, which causes additional problems on top of the symptoms you already experience from your lung condition.
What causes hyper-inflated lungs?
Hyperinflation of the lungs occurs when lung disease damages and scars lung tissue, reducing the elasticity of your lungs. Without this elasticity, it becomes difficult to exhale.
Hyper-inflated lungs may occur in two forms:
- Static hyperinflation – The lungs become hyperinflated while resting.
- Dynamic hyperinflation – The lungs become hyper-inflated during physical activity.
COPD patients may experience either or both of these forms of hyperinflation throughout the duration of the disease. There is no cure for these chronic lung conditions, but medical treatment may help reduce the severity of the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of hyperinflated lungs?
The following may accompany the symptoms of COPD and other lung diseases if hyperinflation is involved:
- Shallow breathing
- Weakness and fatigue
- Heart disorders
- Difficulty with muscular function
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should visit a medical professional for an examination. Usually, an x-ray will reveal if the lungs are hyper-inflated and require treatment.
At the Lung Health Institute, our team of lung care professionals offers treatment options for hyperinflation and other lung conditions. Our specialists will work one-on-one with you to guide you through each step of treatment.
What are the treatment options for hyperinflated lungs?
When treating hyper-inflated lungs, the goal is to help patients exhale properly again to reduce air buildup in the lungs. Some treatments that may assist with your breathing include oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.
At the Lung Health Institute, we help patients empower their bodies’ to fight lung disease with treatments like the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative. This treatment aims to reduce inflammation and help you breathe better again with nutritional guidance. With treatment options like this, we have helped more than 6,500 patients across the nation breathe better and improve their quality of living.
Would you like to speak with a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute to discover how we may be able to assist you? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.