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What does it feel like being in advanced stages of emphysema?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Shortness of breath

Usually, the advanced stages of emphysema are associated with shortness of breath, even at rest.
Sometimes cough, chest tightness, wheezing. Many times people require oxygen. It is quite uncomfortable. I hope you never reach that stage.

In brief: Shortness of breath

Usually, the advanced stages of emphysema are associated with shortness of breath, even at rest.
Sometimes cough, chest tightness, wheezing. Many times people require oxygen. It is quite uncomfortable. I hope you never reach that stage.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Under water

One of my patients once described emphysema as being similar to being underwater and not being able to come up for air - probably very accurate.

In brief: Under water

One of my patients once described emphysema as being similar to being underwater and not being able to come up for air - probably very accurate.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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