Does emphysema get worse over time?

Emphysema will get progressively worse over time. It is a form of a serious condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States. On the other hand, if your emphysema is diagnosed before too much damage has been done, you may be able to slow its progress significantly and manage your symptoms. For many people, this will involve quitting smoking and living a healthier lifestyle. Treatment for emphysema may also require medication, and in more severe cases, surgery.

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