Emphysema is a lung disease that, over a long period of time, leads to shortness of breath because of excessive inflation of the alveoli, which are air sacs inside the lungs, reports eMedicineHealth. Over time, the disea... More »

Emphysema is caused by prolonged exposure to smoke, fumes and air pollution, says the Mayo Clinic. People who smoke are the most likely to develop emphysema. In rare cases, a congenital condition involving a protein defi... More »

According to WebMD, symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness or pain. Other less common symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, poor sleep quality and decr... More »

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