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I am 45 and just got told i have emphysema. if i stop all smoking now of anything can i get my lungs somewhat back to normal so i don't die at 55?

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Dr. Carrie Cannon answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

In 10 years your risk of cardiac disease drops down to as never smoked. Stopping now will prevent further lung damage and allow your lungs to heal and regenerate, but some damage may be permanent at this point. The risk of lung cancer decreases about 50% after 10 years of cessation of smoking. It can only help you. Please seek help from dr. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/

Answered Jul 14, 2018

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Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. Your lungs may be permanently damaged, but medications will alleviate your symptoms somewhat and improve longevity.

Answered Jul 14, 2018

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