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Hello! My grandfather has emphysema and he has trouble walking. He used to be a heavy smoker but he has reduced the number of cigarettes when his disease was discovered. We used to make long walks in the park almost every day and he had no problems till recently. He walks very slowly and I can hear wheezing from his chests. Why people with severe emphysema have trouble with walking?

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Hello! People with severe emphysema have trouble not only with walking but they feel gradual decrease in the ability to perform even simple daily activities. Emphysema is a long-term and progressive disease which causes shortness of breath at first. As the time passes the symptoms are getting more severe. In people with emphysema, the lung tissues are destroyed, they are not elastic and they can’t expand and contract well. If a person can’t breathe normally the whole body is not supplied with the oxygen needed to provide normal functioning of muscles and every organ of the body.
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Does that mean people with mild form of emphysema although given up smoking and excercise, the emphysema will still spread and get more severe? If both lungs are scarred from tb, many infections, pneumonia, bronchitus and they develop emphysema couldnt they have a transplant or cut away some of the lung?
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