Emphysema Research Paper

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David M. Valdez Ms. Sifuentes MDCA-1402 27 May 2013 Emphysema Emphysema is a disease of the lungs that primarily causes the person with that disease to have shortness of breath in their everyday life. Emphysema destroys the tissues of the lungs that are vital to support the physical shape of the lungs. It is mostly caused by cigarette or tobacco smoking or air pollution. It is included in a group of diseases called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is the abbreviation in medical terms. There are some obvious symptoms if you smoke, also some might have emphysema for many years without noticing any of the signs or symptoms. The main symptom for emphysema is if you have shortness of breath and you do smoke that begins gradually. You should get help or see your doctor if your shortness of breath is so bad that it makes it hard for you to talk. Also, if your lips or fingernails are turning blue or gray. Last but not least see a doctor if you are not mentally alert and you’re a smoker and your heartbeat is very fast. There are a number of tests to see if you might have emphysema. One test might be a chest x-ray, another test that can be ordered is a computerized tomography test (CT). lab tests can be done and they can determine how well your lungs…show more content…
Cases caused by other etiologies are referred to as secondary emphysema. Exposure to air-pollution, second-hand smoke, or other chemicals and toxins may cause emphysema. In some rare cases emphysema is developed due to a genetic mutation. Some cases develop as a normal part of aging, usually at the age of 85 and older. At age 20, humans stop developing new alveolar tissue. As people age, they lose strength and mass in their chest muscles, bones and muscles start to deteriorate, and their posture changes. All of the age related respiratory system structures can cause or contribute to the development of

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