Emphysema

  • Oxygen Therapy and Emphysema Treatment

    Emphysema can be a devastating disease. The accompanying pain, shortness of breath, and activity restrictions are often life-changing and permanent. However, home oxygen therapy, in conjunction with other physician-recommended treatments, offers patients the chance to be more mobile and live an active lifestyle.

    What is Emphysema?[1]
    Emphysema is one form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is caused by damage to the alveoli, the tiny air sacs within the lungs. Because the alveoli are responsible for drawing oxygen from inhaled air into the bloodstream, shortness of breath results when they’re harmed. Therefore, more oxygen-rich air is often needed.

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  • Advice for Using Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Emphysema

    Oxygen therapy is one of the types of medications used to treat the chronic lung disease, emphysema. Emphysema doesn't always require oxygen therapy as a treatment – this depends on your lung function and how low your blood oxygen level is. If it's below the accepted levels, you'll need to be able to breathe in higher concentrations of oxygen, because your lungs cannot bring in what your body needs, on their own.

    What does it mean when one has emphysema? Emphysema is when some of the tiny air sacks in the lungs are too damaged to function or function properly. Their function is a significant one – they are the gateways between the lungs and the bloodstream.

    The oxygen you breathe in is transferred through the air sacks, called alveoli, to your blood, which is then taken to all the parts of your body. Your blood also carries carbon dioxide out of your body, from your blood to your lungs, which is exhaled as waste. When your alveoli are too damaged to function properly enough, you can't get enough oxygen to your blood, and it's much harder to release the carbon dioxide.

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  • Effectiveness of Electronic Cigarettes in Helping You Quit Smoking

    Electronic cigarettes are a fairly new invention to help making quitting smoking a little easier. Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows exactly how hard it can be, even for people who desperately want to quit. Nicotine, which is the addictive substance in cigarettes, releases a chemical in the brain known as dopamine, which is also know as the reward response and the reason why we become dependent on substances. Your body and mind think that they need tobacco smoke to be okay, and to function properly.

    Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, but in smaller amounts and do not release toxic substances into your lungs. They give you the same feeling as smoking a cigarette, because you go through the same motions as when you would put a cigarette to your lips and inhale something, only this time, it's a water vapor instead of toxin-filled smoke.

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  • First Patient in United States Gets New Emphysema Treatment

    A new treatment for emphysema is undergoing testing in the United States, after already getting approved in Europe and Israel. It is a foam that is sprayed into the lungs and is used to decrease inflammation in the lungs in people with severe emphysema. A man by the name of Perry Waldrop of Alabama jumped at the chance of being the first person in the US to undergo this new procedure.

    Emphysema is a chronic lung condition that falls under the term of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is characterized by the damaged alveoli, which are the tiny sacs in the lungs that transfer oxygen and carbon dioxide from the lungs to the bloodstream and vice versa. The alveoli in a person with emphysema are so damaged, that they are unable to exhale the carbon dioxide and inhale oxygen, resulting in lungs that have become too expanded. This condition is caused by smoking, and about 4.9 million Americans are known to have this disease.

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  • Symptoms and Treatment of Emphysema

    Emphysema, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a chronic illness of the lungs. Dyspnea, or shortness of breath, is a principle indicator of the disease of emphysema. In the beginning of the illness, this shortness of breath occurs during physical activity.

    Later, as the disease progresses, episodes of dyspnea can even occur when the individual is at rest. This shortness of breath occurs because emphysema involves damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs, making oxygenation of the body more difficult and taxing.

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  • What is Emphysema? Understanding Emphysema

    Emphysema is when your lung tissues break down. It’s a progressive disease that can make you feel short of breath over time.

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