Emphysema

Lung Disease

Emphysema

What is Emphysema?

Emphysema is one of the major obstructive lung diseases under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) umbrella.  This lung condition gradually destroys the air sacs in the lungs, making it progressively more difficult to breathe. The tiny cluster-like air sacs in the lungs are responsible for bringing oxygen to the bloodstream. As emphysema progresses, the inner walls of the air sacs form holes, weakening their internal structure. The disease deters oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Emphysema also destroys the elasticity of the airways that lead to the air sacs. As a result, the air sacs collapse, trapping oxygen in the lungs. Sufferers of emphysema constantly struggle to breathe.

Both Men and Women

Historically, men had developed emphysema more often than females. Starting in 2011, women have reported a higher rate of emphysema diagnosis than men.

Age

Older people are at a higher risk for developing emphysema. Emphysema is a progressive disease, which worsens over time and as you age, your physical health begins to decline. As a result of these two factors, older individuals are more likely to develop the disease.

If you would like to find out more about our available treatment options, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.

Jim

 

Jim D. | Boca Raton, FL | Emphysema

Before treatment, Jim couldn’t hug his wife when he walked into his second-floor apartment. Now he’s back to traveling with his family.

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