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How serious is stage 1 emphysema?

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Stage 1 is also called mild emphysema. But that doesn't mean your disease is mild.

You could have significant lung damage before you even notice the breathing problems of stage 1, especially if you're relatively young and otherwise healthy. On the other hand, if you're older, especially over age 65, even minor breathing problems can start to interfere with basic daily tasks like dressing, cooking, or climbing stairs, and they're more likely to cause symptoms or send you to the hospital.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on November 05, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 11/05/2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Nutrition and COPD.”

CDC: “Spirometry Reference Value Calculator.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD,” “Emphysema.”

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: “Global Report on The Diagnosis, Management, And Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 2019 Report.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Emphysema.”

Mayo Clinic: “Emphysema,” “Spirometry.”

NIH News in Health: “Oxygen Therapy for Patients with COPD.”

UpToDate: “Multidimensional assessment of COPD,” “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Johns Hopkins University: “Emphysema.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on November 05, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Nutrition and COPD.”

CDC: “Spirometry Reference Value Calculator.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD,” “Emphysema.”

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: “Global Report on The Diagnosis, Management, And Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 2019 Report.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Emphysema.”

Mayo Clinic: “Emphysema,” “Spirometry.”

NIH News in Health: “Oxygen Therapy for Patients with COPD.”

UpToDate: “Multidimensional assessment of COPD,” “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Johns Hopkins University: “Emphysema.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on November 05, 2019

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