COPD, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema
I Lost My Mother to COPD
Every year, thousands of people die lung-related deaths, including COPD, from secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke. About.com Smoking Cessation forum member Donna has lost both of her parents to tobacco. Her dad lost his life to lung cancer, and months later, her mom to COPD.
Emphysema Causes and Symptoms
Emphysema is a severe lung disease in which the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs become damaged. Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath and a chronic cough.
There are a wide variety of emphysema treatments available today. If you've been diagnosed with emphysema, learn which treatment may be right for you.
How Emphysema is Diagnosed
About.com Guide to COPD, Debra Trendel reviews the tests that may be used to diagnose emphysema.
Smoking and Pneumonia
This article from Science Daily reviews a study by the American College of Chest Physicians in August 1999. The study indicates that smokers who smoke 20 cigarettes a day are 3 times more likely to contract pneumonia than those who never smoked.