What is emphysema, what are the symptoms and how would I know if I have it?

I think it is probably best to leave the diagnosis of emphysema to your doctor or other qualified medical professional. Visit a certified professional for the facts on emphysema.

However, a simple definition would be that it is a disease that destroys the ability of your lungs to fully expand and contract and prevents correct, natural breathing. If you can not expand and contract your lungs, you can not capture fresh air for processing the oxygen that is distributed to your blood stream; and thence to your organs. If your body does not have an adequate supply of oxygen all of the organs that make up your physical being will suffer that deprivation.

Some of the more common symptoms of emphysema are a general difficulty in breathing such as shortness of breath, chronic coughing, wheezing, and anxiety. Other symptoms include easy fatigue, unexplained weight loss, swelling of the feet and legs, and anxiety. These sifde effects are far from comfortable feelings and if you think you may have emphysema or other chronic lung disease you should be making an appointment with your doctor, now.

The most common cause of emphysema is smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products. If you want to improve your health, you must stop smoking. You really have no alternative. There is no cure for emphysema. It never gets any better but with early intervention and proper treatment it can be helped and controlled.