Emphysema is a disease in which the alveoli (tiny air sacs) in the lungs become damaged. This, in turn, leads to shortness of breath and, in severe cases, to respiratory failure or heart failure. As the damage gets progressively worse, the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange is impaired, making the lungs progressively less efficient.
Eventually, the level of oxygen in the blood falls, with one of two effects. Either pulmonary hypertension develops, leading to enlargement and strain on the right-and side of the heart and subsequently to edema (accumulation of fluid in tissues), particularly in the lower legs; or patients compensate for the loss of oxygen by breathing faster. Emphysema is often accompanied by chronic bronchitis, which can be brought on by smoking and air pollutants.
At LifeWorks we have helped many people with emphysema regain a more normal life using natural methods at our Clearwater clinic. For more information call 727 466 6789.