Approximately three million adults in the United States are diagnosed with emphysema. People who get diagnosed with this disorder are typically smokers between the ages of 40 to 60 years old. This chronic condition can create extensive damage to your lungs over time. Many individuals with this chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also become diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. Emphysema treatment can slow progression of this condition and help manage symptoms to keep you as healthy as possible.
Symptoms of Emphysema
Symptoms of emphysema may include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and increased mucus production. You may have this condition for years without noticing any symptoms. Contact your doctor immediately if you have a fever or symptoms become worse.
If this condition is untreated, serious complications can occur. Emphysema can cause other issues to develop, such as large holes in the lungs, a collapsed lung and heart problems. Severe cases can lead to frequent respiratory infections, muscle weakness and swelling in your lower extremities.
Causes of Emphysema
Emphysema is a chronic health condition typically resulting from smoking. Air pollutants, genetics and respiratory infections can also cause this condition. Once development occurs, emphysema is unable to be reversed. This condition damages the air sacs in your lungs, resulting in an inability to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide properly.
Your primary care doctor may perform lung function or blood tests to provide an accurate diagnosis. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications, oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. Surgery may be required as a last resort to repair damage.
Beverly Hills Emphysema Treatment
Emphysema can be prevented by avoiding environmental irritants, especially cigarette smoking. If you are experiencing symptoms, you may want to schedule a consultation with a board certified primary care doctor. Dr. Daniel Benhuri can recommend the best treatment options to meet your health needs. You can receive expert guidance and support to make the lifestyle changes you need to live a long and happy life.
During a consultation, Dr. Benhuri can explain the benefits and risks of treatment and answer any questions you may have. Virtual and in-person consultations are available, and new patients are welcome at the Beverly Hills clinic. Schedule an appointment today.