Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Emphysema destroys the alveoli (also called air sacs) in the lungs. In a normal breathing process, the alveoli in the lungs fill up with air and expand similar to a balloon. People with emphysema have damaged air sacs losing their shape and elasticity which causes them to be larger, floppier air sacs. This results in difficulty for the lungs to function and increases the difficulty of breathing.
Emphysema does not have a cure, but treatments like medication, vaccines, oxygen therapies, pulmonary rehabilitation, and surgeries like lung transplants can help improve symptoms or slow down the progress of the disease. Also, improving your lifestyle by quitting smoking can be the most important step towards treating and preventing emphysema.
Signature Health Services has professional nurses that can closely monitor patients for compliance with treatment plans, administer blood draws, deliver IV infusions, and assist with education about medications and the disease or condition process.
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