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How Long Can Emphysema Last
Life long: Once you have emphysema, it will always be there. Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Depends...: The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: You bet your bippy it can. (but not necessarily). ...Read more
ABSOLUTELY: Yes, you may have it already. Please quit and have yourself evaluated by your doctor. It is never too late to quit! ...Read more
I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?
My dad was diagnosed with emphysema we he was 36, and he is 50 now and still smoking. How much longer does he have?
My dad was diagnosed with emphysema at 40, and he is 55 now and still smoking. How long does he have?
Varies...: There are so many variables involved that it cannot be predicted for an individual. His mortality rate will be higher if he continues to smoke so he needs to quit asap! if his oxygen level in his blood is low enough to warrant supplemental oxygen, then wearing oxygen will decrease mortality rate. The rest of the therapies will control symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Emphysema is also known as COPD. Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more
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