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Can You Die From Emphysema
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
No: As emphysema progresses patients lose their appetite, their muscle mass, and weight. Patients with severe emphysema are more likely to be very thin than very heavy. Maintaining normal body weight enables such patients to remain active and provides the best possible quality of life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Wonderful idea!: 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/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface area where gas exchange can occur. Think of this by comparing the surface area of a ballon of equal size to a bunch of grapes. Though individually smaller, there are many grapes in the same volume, so more surface area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer