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What Is Empysema
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
What is the estimated life span of someone with copd, empysema who only have 30% of lung function?
Varies...: The most important treatments include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the person's oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are also typically used in treatment. The disease is slowly progressive and smoking cessation and oxygen therapy do tend to slow progression. The rate of progression varies widely between patients so difficult to predict. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Definition...: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Avoid malnutrition: People with bad lung disease need to avoid becoming underweight. Many lose weight due to the calorie burning nature of heavy breathing and once all the body fat is gone the patient may start losing the muscle mass they need to breathe. Within reason, people who weight more live longer with severe lung disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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: Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Limited: But the answer is more related to how many packs a day and for how many years you smoked (packs x years), also related to individual genetic factors. If you have cough or shortness of breath, see your doctor for a spirometry (breathing test). The test is quick and simple. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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