Life Expectancy with Emphysema

Emphysema is a chronic lung disease that involves the air sacs in the lungs, making it difficult for sufferers to breathe. Life expectancy with emphysema varies and it's tough to determine an average. Quitting smoking is one of the easiest ways to lengthen life expectancy with emphysema. 

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  • Introduction to Emphysema
    Also known as chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD), emphysema is most commonly caused by smoking. Its symptoms include shortness of breath, chronic cough and wheezing.
  • Complications of Emphysema
    Without early and proper treatment, life expectancy with emphysema can be short. Emphysema patients who experience severe involuntary weight loss (which indicates muscle wasting) have a poorer outlook, regardless of lung function.
  • Smoking Reverses Life Expectancy Trend Among Women
    Smoking is largely responsible for eroding the life expectancy among women. Smoking is the primary cause of emphysema and continuing to smoke can cut life expectancy for emphysema sufferers.