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Why does emphysema continue to worsen even after I stop smoking ?

Why does emphysema continue to worsen even after I stop smoking ?

It doesn't : First, if you're 25 and have emphysema you should see an expert because the diagnosis should be questioned. Second if you do have emphysema and you stop smoking it will not worsen. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Usually not, but...: Once you stop smoking, the destruction from the smoking stops. But, the decline in lung function does not. Everyone loses lung function with aging. But those who have COPD may lose that function at a faster rate, even if they stop smoking. Does that mean they should continue to smoke? No! ...Read more

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If I stop smoking will that help heal my copd?

If I stop smoking will that help heal my copd?

Yes: COPD is caused by the accumulated damage created by exposure of the lungs to the toxins in cigarette smoke. If smoking is stopped, no new damage occurs and some old damage can heal. However, just like with the skin, sometimes scarring is left behind which can leave permanent changes. Damage that is not yet "scarred" can often heal. The sooner the smoking stops, the better. ...Read more

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My brother just found out he has COPD does he need to stop smoking ?

My brother just found out he has COPD does he need to stop smoking ?

Yes, and yes yes: Stopping smoking is the surest way to slow the progression of the disease and increase both quality of life and the number of years that your brother may live. There are many methods to quit smoking - the most successful include medications plus a cessation intervention that focuses on behavior and social support. Your local physician should have information on both. ...Read more

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If you are on oxygen due to COPD and start exercising and stop smoking could you get off oxygen?

If you are on oxygen due to COPD and start exercising and stop smoking could you get off oxygen?

It's possible: It's possible but not certain. If stopping smoking helps your mucus production and bronchospasm that would help and if exercise resulted in significant weight loss that might help but if most of the hypoxia was related to emphysema then those interventions might not make much difference in oxygen levels. Best to quit smoking either way though to avoid cancer and disease progression. ...Read more

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If you are on oxygen because you have COPD can you get off oxygen if you exercise and stop smoking?

If you are on oxygen because you have COPD  can you get off oxygen if you exercise and stop smoking?

Yes wait 3 months: If you quit smoking your lung capacity may improve and retesting oxygen need after 2 to 3 months is recommended. ...Read more

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Does emphysema progress even if you quit smoking?

Yes: The rate of progression varies by individual, but the process of destruction does slow down with smoking. In some back to levels that would be present if the patient never smoked, in others just at a slower rate. At present, the biological mechanism that leads to emphysema eludes us. ...Read more

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I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time ?

I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time ?

It won't get worse: Good job! You should be proud as you have accomplished a great step! With the right therapies it will not get worse. When you quit smoking you preserve the lungs that are still viable and working. you need to be on inhalers and measure your oxygen level on exertion. ...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. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more