Tag Archives: Emphysema

Smoking and emphysema

This animation shows the long term effect of smoking which can lead to emphysema. Repeated irritation by smoke causes inflammation and leaves chemical deposits in the very delicate and vulnerable alveoli. Eventually the thin cell walls in the alveoli are destroyed. This is where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged so breathing becomes much harder. […]


Please note there is no audio for this animation. In emphysema exposure to an irritant over many years causes an inflammation in the lungs which causes the following changes: Loss of elasticity of the lungs. These changes cause the air sacs (alveoli) to close before you have fully exhaled. As a result, air gets trapped […]

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a term that is used to describe a mixture of lung conditions. These conditions include: Chronic bronchitis which is a narrowing of the airway. Emphysema which is due to damage to the delicate alveoli (air sacs). A mix of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. However, people will have different symptoms and experiences […]