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Common Signs and Symptoms of Emphysema

Emphysema is a chronic lung disease that has the capacity to change one’s lifestyle dramatically due to the weakening of the patient’s respiratory health.

At A-1 Home Care Agency, our team is trained to provide non-medical care for those that suffer from emphysema and other respiratory conditions. Don’t let this diagnosis take over your life and force you to lose hope in your well-being. Our seasoned caregivers can offer everything from In Home Caregiver Services to 24 Hour Home Care.

Being diagnosed with emphysema doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice the dreams and goals you’ve set for yourself since day one. Rather, the focus is more on adjusting your normal day-to-day activities you enjoy ensuring that you do not exacerbate your condition.

A Bit of Background Information About Emphysema

Emphysema stems from excessive exposure to smoke and other lung irritants over the years. It’s a degenerative lung disease that attacks the alveoli (air sacs within the lungs) and slowly damages them, leading to decreased breath clarity.

The number one cause of emphysema is long-term exposure to cigarettes or other lung irritants. It’s crucial that if you have been excessively exposed to any irritant you talk to your doctor about getting tested for emphysema.

Common Symptoms of Emphysema

Symptoms tend to vary on a patient-to-patient basis, and most of the time, those that have been exposed to a variety of lung irritants won’t notice any signs or symptoms until a later stage.

Dyspnea, or shortness of breath, will vary based on the severity of the emphysema itself. After extended lung damage, the function of your lungs will drastically decrease over time. Dyspnea will become more noticeable and common as emphysema progresses. This is often the most common symptom that you should be aware of.

If you or a loved one is suffering from emphysema or any other respiratory condition, call us at A-1 Home Care Agency today and we’ll happily offer the appropriate non-medical caregiving services to ensure that you maintain a high quality of life. Feel free to give us a call at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 and we’ll happily assist you.

A-1 Home Care Agency is a proud vendor of Lanterman Regional Center, MSSP St. Jude Caregiver Resource, and MSSP-PICF. A-1 Home Care Agency is  American Board of Home Care Certified, Stated Licensed In-Home Care, a CAHSAH Member, and a National Readmission Prevention Certified Member.

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On February 14, 2024 · 11pm


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