Emphysema is a chronic lung disease. That means it can get worse over time, and eventually, one can die from it. Another way to look at it is: emphysema is always fatal if you don't die of something else first, and likewise, emphysema is never fatal if something else kills you first.What are the early warning signs of emphysema?
The primary symptom of emphysema is shortness of breath. It is a progressive complaint by affected individuals, worsening over time. Early in the disease, shortness of breath may occur with exercise and activity but symptoms gradually worsen and may occur at rest.