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Emphysema

Emphysema is one of a group of diseases called COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that causes progressive damage to the lungs. Of 16 million Americans with COPD, (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), 2 million have emphysema.

Each year over 100,000 Americans die of emphysema. Emphysema is the fourth largest cause of mortality in the U.S. At the present time more men than women aged between 50 and 70 years have emphysema. This pattern is changing as more women take up smoking.

Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath (dyspnea), wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, fatigue, headaches and sputum when coughing.
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