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Emphysema - Symptoms & Causes: A Quick Overview

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Emphysema is a condition that affects the respiratory system. People suffering from this condition have the tiny air sacs found in the lungs known as alveoli stretched out until they lose their normal shape and get ruptured at sometimes.

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Emphysema - Symptoms & Causes: A Quick Overview

  1. 1. Emphysema: Definition and Causes Living with Emphysema – a quick overview.
  2. 2. What is Emphysema? • Emphysema affects the respiratory system. • The air sacs in the lungs lose elasticity, and the lungs have a hard time absorbing oxygen.
  3. 3. Causes of Emphysema • Emphysema is caused by the bronchial tubes and lungs being damaged. • Most causes of emphysema are related to smoking or second-hand smoking. • Occasionally, however, emphysema can be an inherited condition.
  4. 4. Emphysema Symptoms • Difficulty Breathing • Shortness of Breath • Wheezing • Coughing • Chest Tightness • Morning Headaches • Weightloss • Fatigue • Difficulty Sleeping • Difficulty Concentrating • Swollen Ankles
  5. 5. Treatment of Emphysema • Unfortunately, Emphysema cannot be stopped or reversed by treatment. Although, symptoms may be treated. • The number one recommendation by doctors is to quit smoking. Talk to your doctor to see what is right for your situation.
  6. 6. Health and Safety Knowledge The American Academy of CPR & First Aid is committed to improve knowledge on common health problems, and how these issues can be prevented. To learn more about life saving measures; including CPR & First aid, visit us online today.

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