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My dad was diagnosed with emphysema we he was 36, and he is 50 now and still smoking. How much longer does he have?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
7 doctors agree
In brief: Hard to say
Difficult to say without more information, but he is greatly shortening his lifespan as well as the harming the quality of his life with continued smoking.
Quitting is the single best thing he could do for his long term health.

In brief: Hard to say
Difficult to say without more information, but he is greatly shortening his lifespan as well as the harming the quality of his life with continued smoking.
Quitting is the single best thing he could do for his long term health.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Variable.
The progression of emphysema is variable from person to person, but continued smoking probably increases the risk of more rapid lung loss.
Also, most people with COPD actually die from cardiovascular disease. Quitting smoking is essential for your father as a first step.

In brief: Variable.
The progression of emphysema is variable from person to person, but continued smoking probably increases the risk of more rapid lung loss.
Also, most people with COPD actually die from cardiovascular disease. Quitting smoking is essential for your father as a first step.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to say...
COPD progresses at a different rate in different people so it is difficult to predict how long an individual will survive.
However, if he continues to smoke, it will progress faster and cause more symptoms, including more shortness of breath. He may even develop lung cancer and die of that. He needs to quit asap.

In brief: Hard to say...
COPD progresses at a different rate in different people so it is difficult to predict how long an individual will survive.
However, if he continues to smoke, it will progress faster and cause more symptoms, including more shortness of breath. He may even develop lung cancer and die of that. He needs to quit asap.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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