Emphysema is a Non-Communicable condition and is a form of chronic (long-term) lung disease. People with emphysema have difficulty breathing from a limitation in blowing air out. 

The Facts

  • 90% of cases are caused by smoking cigarettes 
  • Ranked 4th of causes of deaths in the US and is considered in the top 10 causes of death in Thailand
  • The World Health Organization believes that by 2030 be ranked 4th in the world for causes of death (currently 5th) 

Warning Signs of Emphysema

  • Chronic cough accompanied by phlegm, susceptible to flu 
  • Frequently getting Bronchitis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest and wheezing

Avoid and reduce symptoms of Emphysema by not smoking, getting regular exercise, and checking lung function. 

Bangkok Chest and Respiratory Center