DR JOHN D. CHOVAN
COPD, EMPHYSEMA, PULMONARY DISEASE, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States and is affecting more than 32 million Americans (Mosenifar, 2017). The prevalence of the disease continues to rise and many people are unaware they even have the disease. Prevention is essential in decreasing the incidence of the disease and Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) play a vital role. Emphysema is abnormal permanent enlargement of air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles, accompanied by the destruction of alveolar walls and without obvious fibrosis (Boka, 2016). Being able to understand the pathophysiology of emphysema will allow for providers to accurately assess patients and diagnosis the disease. Educating patients and family members about the disease and providing preventative education such as risk factors to the disease will help prevent escalation of disease.
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