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Why Do Some People Develop Emphysema When They Smoke While Others Do Not
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
Number of things: Most notably, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, an inherited disease. Also, environmental or occupational exposures. Second-hand smoke is also possible though by a longer stretch. Sometimes, normal chest x-rays of healthy young people are overread as emphysema. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: You bet your bippy it can. (but not necessarily). ...Read more
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
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
My grandpa was smoker from age 14 till he died from emphysema at 70. His 2 kids who smoked to 40 lived to 90. Is stopping that helpful?
Yes...: Smoking can result in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and other cancers as well like bladder cancer and esophageal cancer. We often speak of relatives who live long lives despite having smoked but these cases are rare! (so we talk about them!) it is much more common for smokers to develop at least one of these life-threatening problems. This is why it is imperative to quit smoking! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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