Emphysema is one of a number of lung diseases known by the letters COPD. This stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over time the disease breaks down the air sacs found in a human being’s lungs. Your lungs have a huge surface area and therefore a huge potential for drawing in the air you need to breathe. When emphysema takes over it gradually destroys some of the surface area. As the air sacs are destroyed your lungs may stay the same size overall, but there is less area in which to draw in air. That’s why you will slowly become more breathless over time.
This is why a failure to diagnose emphysema as soon as possible can lead to a progressive worsening of the condition that could otherwise have been slowed down. If you suspect you might have this disease or you are having trouble breathing you should always seek professional medical advice as quickly as possible. While in many cases this disease will not be the cause, you can see how important it is to get the proper help and advice. Treatment that slows the progression of this disease will make your quality of life far better both now and in the future.
How can emphysema change the way you live?
Emphysema is a serious lung condition that is irreversible; that is, once you have it all you can do is manage it and hopefully slow its progress. Many cases of this disease are caused by smoking. The leading symptom is shortness of breath, and over time as the lungs become more and more damaged the shortness of breath gets worse. As you can see, if you have this condition a prompt diagnosis is the best thing to have in order to start treatment to prevent it from progressing quickly.
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