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Emphysema is a debilitating disease that afflicts more than three million Americans. The disease is caused primarily by smoking and leads to a progressive, irreversible breakdown of lung tissue. This breakdown reduces the amount of lung tissue available for gas exchange and also impairs the lung's ability to inflate and deflate normally. As the disease advances, the most damaged areas of the lung over inflate within the chest cavity, trapping air and preventing the healthier lung areas from functioning normally. Eventually breathing becomes more difficult, leaving patients constantly feeling out-of-breath.
Quitting smoking: Going it alone is not the best approach

Quitting smoking: Going it alone is not the best approach

Researchers report evidence linking 'vaping' to increased likelihood of asthma and COPD

Researchers report evidence linking 'vaping' to increased likelihood of asthma and COPD

Exposure to ozone pollution or wood smoke exacerbates lung disease in former and current smokers

Exposure to ozone pollution or wood smoke exacerbates lung disease in former and current smokers

E-cigarettes have long-term adverse effects on health

E-cigarettes have long-term adverse effects on health

E-cigarette use linked to increased risk of chronic lung diseases

E-cigarette use linked to increased risk of chronic lung diseases

Study shows non-TB lung infections rising; more in women and older people

Study shows non-TB lung infections rising; more in women and older people

VUMC offers minimally invasive, non-surgical alternative for patients with emphysema

VUMC offers minimally invasive, non-surgical alternative for patients with emphysema

Researchers propose new criteria for diagnosing COPD

Researchers propose new criteria for diagnosing COPD

Genetic variations linked to declines in blood oxygen levels during sleep identified

Genetic variations linked to declines in blood oxygen levels during sleep identified

Beta-blockers do not reduce risk of COPD exacerbations

Beta-blockers do not reduce risk of COPD exacerbations

Vapor from e-cigarettes may impair the cells that line the lungs

Vapor from e-cigarettes may impair the cells that line the lungs

Bakersfield Heart Hospital first in Central California to offer new lung valve treatment for COPD patients

Bakersfield Heart Hospital first in Central California to offer new lung valve treatment for COPD patients

Vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers with emphysema

Vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers with emphysema

Global air pollution linked to increased emphysema cases

Global air pollution linked to increased emphysema cases

Marijuana isn’t a great choice for glaucoma treatment, says expert

Marijuana isn’t a great choice for glaucoma treatment, says expert

Heart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figures

Heart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figures

Orlando Health ORMC offers new lung valve treatment for patients with severe emphysema

Orlando Health ORMC offers new lung valve treatment for patients with severe emphysema

New project reveals beautification processes used by women over the ages

New project reveals beautification processes used by women over the ages

Steroid inhaler may reduce COPD patients' risk of lung cancer

Steroid inhaler may reduce COPD patients' risk of lung cancer

Piedmont Atlanta first in Georgia to offer new treatment option for people with emphysema

Piedmont Atlanta first in Georgia to offer new treatment option for people with emphysema