What is pulmonary emphysema?
Pulmonary emphysema is a chronic lung condition.
It’s often part of COPD, a group of lung diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing problems.
It develops very slowly over time.
It’s most often caused by smoking..
What are the first signs of emphysema?
Share on Pinterest A chronic cough is one of the early signs of emphysema, alongside shortness of breath.frequent lung infections.a lot of mucus.wheezing.reduced appetite and weight loss.fatigue.blue-tinged lips or fingernail beds, or cyanosis, due to a lack of oxygen.anxiety and depression.sleep problems.More items…
Is emphysema worse than COPD?
The main difference between emphysema and COPD is that emphysema is a progressive lung disease caused by over-inflation of the alveoli (air sacs in the lungs), and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of lung conditions (emphysema is one of them) which are …
What are the symptoms of pulmonary emphysema?
Early symptoms of pulmonary emphysema may include: Cough. Rapid breathing. Shortness of breath, which gets worse with activity….Other symptoms may include:Anxiety.Depression.Extreme tiredness (fatigue)Heart problems.Over-inflation of the lungs.Sleep problems.Weight loss.