Emphysema is a lung disease. Emphysema is an obstructive lung disease because the destruction of lung tissue around smaller airways, called bronchioles, makes these airways unable to hold their shape correctly when you exhale.
Emphysema is one of a group of diseases known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This group of diseases is the fourth leading cause of death in America. Every year in the United States about 100,000 people die of emphysema. Unlike more common causes of death like heart disease, however, the death rate of COPD seems to be rising.
Somewhere around 17 million people have COPD in the United States. Nearly 3 million of those with COPD have emphysema. Millions more Americans are in the early stages of emphysema, and do not know that they have this chronic lung disease because signs and symptoms have not appeared yet.
Emphysema is a dangerous lung disease that damages your lungs air sacs (alveoli) that affect breathing. With emphysema, there is progressive destruction of your air sacs and the surrounding lung tissues.
When emphysema becomes advanced, large air cysts develop where healthy lung tissue used to be. Because of a lack of supportive tissue, air is trapped in your lungs. This leads to a decrease in blood oxygenation, which in turn leads to your body not getting the oxygen it needs.
A couple of the primary signs and symptoms of emphysema are shortness of breath and less ability for physical activities. As emphysema progresses you may have trouble breathing even when you are lying down. After respiratory problems like a cold or flu, you may have a very hard time breathing.
There are other effects that you may experience with emphysema. Some of these are:
Loss of weight and appetite
Mild, chronic cough.
The effects caused by emphysema can be debilitating. You or a loved one may be disabled and unable to work because of the disability caused by emphysema.
Emphysema may be the reason why you or your loved one needs help. It may be why you need financial help.
You or your loved one may have applied for that financial help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by emphysema. Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one is planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, here is something that you should consider. You or your loved one may need the advice and counsel of a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com because people who have a dependable disability attorney standing with them are approved more often than those people who are not represented by a lawyer.