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One of the diseases that comprised COPD or Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease is emphysema. This lung condition can lead to gradual lung tissue damage. It mainly targets the destruction and thinning of air sacs or alveoli. As time goes by, the inner walls of the air sacs can be weak which later on be ruptured. If this happens, it will create larger air spaces rather than several small ones. It can reduce the lungs surface area and the oxygen that reaches the bloodstream will also be affected.

Symptoms

Sadly, it is likely for a person to already suffer from emphysema without even noticing it. Shortness of breath is the main symptom of the disease and it often begins gradually. As the condition progresses, shortness of breath can event occur even without doing anything.

Causes

Long term airborne irritants exposure is the main cause which can be acquired from:

Cigarette/tobacco use

Air pollution

Fumes and dust

Marijuana smoke

 

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  1. April 27, 2019

    Great stuff! I have no idea about this topic before today. I love the reading. Emphysema is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath due to over-inflation of the alveoli (air sacs in the lung). In people with emphysema, the lung tissue involved in the exchange of gases (oxygen and carbon dioxide) is impaired or destroyed. Thanks and keep posting things like this.

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