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Dr. William Singer
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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How do I lose weight if I have COPD and can't exercise?

How do I lose weight if I have COPD and can't exercise?

Start slow: You don't need to run to lose weight. Even walking will help you lose weight. In the beginning, walk for very short distance, take break and then walk again and slowly it will improve. Also, optimize the COPD with medications and smoking cessation. ...Read more

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What exercises can my husband who is 76 do to loose weight with emphasemia?

What exercises can my husband who is 76 do to loose weight with emphasemia?

Ask his doctor: Given his age and what you have noted (emphysema, a chronic lung problem), he should consult with his primary doctor (or his lung doctor) before starting a new exercise program. Depending on the severity of the lung disease, his ability to exercise may be limited. Exercise helps weight loss by burning calories, so it is a good idea. ...Read more

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Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Right heart strain: This is usually related to right heart strain from lung disease or from pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the pulmonary vascular bed). Patients with advanced copd/emphysema develop increased pressure in their lungs which causes the right side of the heart to dilate/enlarge. This in turn causes fluid retention in the legs/ankles (known as edema). ...Read more

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How long can emphysema last?

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 more

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Does emphysema effect older people?

It can....: Empysema is a form of copd, usually a result of cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke over time, the bigger your risk of developing this disease. So, elderly people who have smoked lots of cigarettes over many years are at high risk of developing this disease. ...Read more

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Can emphysema affect small children?

Can emphysema affect small children?

Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read more

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How long does emphysema take to occur?

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 more

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How many people die from emphysema each year?

How many people die from emphysema each year?

US COPD Stats: Here are stats for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in US: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/copd.htm Emphysema is one form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease . ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

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