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Emphysema is a type of COPD involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. As a result, your body does not get the oxygen it needs. Emphysema makes it hard to catch your breath. You may also have a chronic cough and have trouble breathing during exercise.

The most common cause is cigarette smoking. If you smoke, quitting can help prevent you from getting the disease. If you already have emphysema, not smoking might keep it from getting worse. Treatment is based on whether your symptoms are mild, moderate or severe. Treatments include inhalers, oxygen, medications and sometimes surgery to relieve symptoms and prevent complications.

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  1. Emphysema (National Library of Medicine)  
    Emphysema is a type of COPD involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. As ... body does not get the oxygen it needs. Emphysema makes it hard to catch your breath. You ...
  2. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (National Library of Medicine)  
    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AAT deficiency) is an inherited condition that raises your risk for lung and liver disease. Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein ...
  3. Crepitus; Subcutaneous air; Tissue emphysema ... Subcutaneous emphysema can often be seen as a smooth bulging of the skin. When a health care provider feels ( ...
  4. National Emphysema Foundation (National Emphysema Foundation)  
    National Emphysema Foundation (NEF) Skip to content Jump to main navigation and login Nav view search Navigation Connect with ... ru - free templates joomla Welcome to the National Emphysema Foundation (NEF) It is our pleasure to present ...
  5. Emphysema and Nutrition (InteliHealth) (Harvard Medical School)  
    ... 13 t InteliHealth Medical Content 2012-07-13 Emphysema and Nutrition There is little that a diet, ... can do to help prevent the onset of emphysema. About 85% of cases of emphysema are caused ...
  6. Emphysema (American Lung Association)  
    ... email. » Register for ENews Home > Lung Disease > Emphysema Emphysema Emphysema is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Emphysema, along with chronic bronchitis, together are referred to ...
  7. ... Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Includes: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema Data are for the U.S. Morbidity Number of ... noninstitutionalized adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 4.1 million Percent of noninstitutionalized adults who ...
  8. Living Well with COPD: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema (American College of Chest Physicians) - PDF  
    ... 941,380 19.2% GEOGRAPHIC REGION SEX AGE EMPHYSEMA 4,895,246 CONDITIONS Source: National Center for ... Sex, age, Ethnic Group, and Geographic region, 2009 EMPHYSEMA 4,895,246 CONDITIONS Source: National Center for ...
  9. ... and all ethnic groups. NEXT: Diagnosis More Inherited Emphysema Information Diagnosis Treatment Back to Alpha-1 Print ...
  10. Emphysema (InteliHealth) (Harvard Medical School)  
    What Is It? Emphysema is a respiratory disease. In this condition, millions of the lungs' tiny air sacs (alveoli) stretch out of shape ... natural elasticity. They become unable to empty easily. Emphysema is a progressive disease, which means it continues ...
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