Pulmonary emphysema is a disorder affecting the alveoli (tiny air sacs) of the lungs. The transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs takes place in the walls of the alveoli. In emphysema, the alveoli become abnormally inflated, damaging their walls and making it harder to breathe. People who smoke or have chronic bronchitis have an increased risk of emphysema.

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Emphysema Symptoms

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Risk factors
... The single greatest risk factor for emphysema is smoking. Emphysema is most likely to develop in cigarette smokers, but cigar and pipe smokers also are susceptible, and the risk for all types of smoke...
Source: MayoClinic

When to seek medical advice
... See your doctor if any of the following apply to you: You feel short of breath most of the time. You can''t breathe well enough to tolerate even moderate exercise. You frequently cough up sputum that'...
Source: MayoClinic

Emphysema Prevention

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Prevention
... Most cases of emphysema are due to smoking. If you smoke — cigarettes, cigars or a pipe — your chance of developing emphysema is much greater than for nonsmokers. The best way to prevent e...
Source: MayoClinic

Emphysema Treatment

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Treatment
... The most essential step in any treatment plan for smokers with emphysema is stopping smoking; it''s the only way to stop the damage to your lungs from becoming worse. But quitting is never easy, and p...
Source: MayoClinic

Self-care
... If you have emphysema, you can take a number of steps to halt its progression and to protect yourself from complications: Stop smoking. This is the most important measure you can take for your overall...
Source: MayoClinic

Emphysema Support

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Coping skills
... Some simple exercises can improve your breathing if you have emphysema or another chronic lung disorder. They help you control the emptying of your lungs by using your abdominal muscles. Do them two t...
Source: MayoClinic

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Is It For You?
... What is pulmonary rehabilitation?Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program individually designed for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other lung diseases...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Emphysema Other

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Overview
... Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term for a group of diseases that cause progressive damage to your lungs. These diseases include chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. Of ...
Source: MayoClinic

Lung Disease
... Our lungs allow us to breath and get oxygen into the bloodstream and the cells of our bodies. During a normal day, we breathe nearly 25,000 times, and take in (or inhale) large amounts of air. The air...
Source: National Women's Health Information Center

Emphysema Treatment

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Emphysema
... Over 1 million Americans are forced to lead restricted lives because they have emphysema, a chronic lung condition. With emphysema, the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs are destroyed. The lung loses it...
Source: HealthWorld

Emphysema
... Enlargement of the air spaces distal to terminal non-respiratory bronchioles, accompanied by destructive changes of the alveolar walls. Emphysema, which often accompanies chronic bronchitis, is damage...
Source: HealthWorld

   

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    ... Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease in which the lung is damaged, making it hard to breathe. In COPD, the airways-the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs-are partl...
  • Every Breath You Take
    ... Preventing and Treating EMPHYSEMA by Carol Lewis We begin life with a breath, and the process continues automatically without a thought. It's only when we can't take a deep breath or, as in Sh...
  • Lung Disease
    ... Our lungs allow us to breath and get oxygen into the bloodstream and the cells of our bodies. During a normal day, we breathe nearly 25,000 times, and take in (or inhale) large amounts of air. The air...

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