What does it mean to be diagnosed with emphysema?
May 15, 2012 8:48 AM Subscribe
My father has been diagnosed with emphysema. Despite a bunch of online reading, I have no idea what this really means for him, or my mother, his lifestyle, prognosis or any of that stuff. Can you help?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop to health & fitness (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
As he is a lifelong smoker it's not too much of a surprise although it sounds very severe (he's 66, and his 'lung efficiency' is 26% - I'm not sure which test, specifically, he's referring to here).
My online reading doesn't give me many tools to interpret the diagnosis or the data and I would love to hear from people with first-hand experience or, in fact, any experience of the disease. As always, thanks in advance.