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Terry Martin

Emphysema Information

By August 6, 2013

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When you can't breathe, nothing else matters...

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), emphysema affects over 2 million Americans, the majority of whom are 50 years old and over.

Emphysema is a slow killer, progressing gradually over a period of many years. The damage done to the lungs with emphysema is permanent and irreversible, but if a person stops smoking early on in the disease, it may be possible to arrest further development and improve one's quality of life.

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Comments
July 21, 2009 at 8:10 am
(1) gurl gurl says:

some of my cousins have emphysema they died last year :(

April 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(2) chris s says:

ya my moms friend has emphysema and im trying to learn more about it but he doesnt smoke HE got is from espestus

October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am
(3) Muslimah says:

my maternal uncle has emphysema his on his first stage. trying to learn about it

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