Emphysema is a form of chronic (long-term) lung disease, usually caused by smoking. The major symptoms of emphysema are shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Because of lung damage, people with emphysema have difficulty exhaling. (Web MD)
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Emphysema occurs when the air sacs in your lungs are gradually destroyed, making you progressively more short of breath. Emphysema is one of several diseases known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“As it worsens, emphysema turns the spherical air sacs â€” clustered like bunches of grapes â€” into large, irregular pockets with gaping holes in their inner walls. This reduces the surface area of the lungs and, in turn, the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream. Emphysema also slowly destroys the elastic fibers that hold open the small airways leading to the air sacs. This allows these airways to collapse when you breathe out, so the air in your lungs can’t escape.”
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