Symptoms of Emphysema

Emphysema may have set in years before, without noticeable symptoms. The most common symptoms of Emphysema include:

  • Shortness of Breath - Emphysema causes the patient to have constricted bronchi. So a very common symptom of Emphysema includes shortness of breath. It is a feeling of breathlessness that the patient suffers. The patient feels as if he is unable to catch his breath.
  • Shortness of Breath at Rest – Once it has progressed, Emphysema will make the patient feel shortness of breath, even while resting.
  • Discolored Lips or Fingernals – Discoloration of the fingernails and/or lips is a sign that Emphysema is progressing. You must see a physician immediately.
  • Rapid Heartbeat – Again, rapid heartbeat can be a sign that Emphysema is progressing and you must see a physician immediately.

Definition of Emphysema

Emphysema is a chronic lung disease classified under COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The number one cause of Emphysema is a history of smoking. People who have been exposed to toxic chemicals are also at risk.

What emphysema does is destroys the air sacs in your lungs, making your ability to catch you breath worse and worse. Eventually, the amount of oxygen that is able to reach the bloodstream is extremely diminished, accounting for the symptoms in patients with progressed Emphysema.

Treatment for Emphysema can potentially aide in the progression or worsening of the condition – but the damage that was previously caused cannot be reversed. That is why it is essential to meet with a physician if you have a history of smoking, or are experiencing any symptoms or shortness of breath.

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