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COPD and Emphysema: What’s the Difference?

 

COPD and emphysema are both nasty lung disorders whose damaging effects on the body reinforce the necessity of quitting smoking as soon as possible. But COPD and emphysema are not the same disease, despite the fact that many mistakenly believe that the two are one in the same. Therefore, it is important to learn how to identify the differences of the two—even if both disorders ultimately require you to pursue the same goal: quitting smoking.

Emphysema is a lung disorder that is primarily caused by smoking; in some rare cases, emphysema is caused by a protein deficiency. Emphysema is the chronic destruction of the lung tissue as a result of the thousands of toxins and poisons deposited into the lungs via the act of smoking. Emphysema is a degenerative disease, with symptoms slowly worsening over time. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, pain with breathing, changes in voice and weight loss. Shortness of breath, however, is the worst of all the symptoms and if emphysema is left untreated it can result in shortness of breath even while resting.

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a cluster of lung disorders, which includes emphysema; that is, emphysema is one of a variety of diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis that compose the whole of COPD.  COPD is also a degenerative disease that leads to chronic coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and, frighteningly, the survival rate after a diagnosis of COPD is only about 10 years!

As you can see, emphysema and COPD are lung disorders that can hinder your ability to lead a healthy, fulfilling life. Not only that— these lung disorders, COPD in particular, can lead to an untimely death. Therefore, it is imperative that you make the decision to put out that last cigarette today. It is never too late to quit and never too late to give your body the chance to heal and thrive.

COPD and emphysema are lung disorders that can lead to an early death. If you are a smoker and are worried about your health, contact me or get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to help and hear you out!

References:

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5824847_difference-between-copd-emphysema.html

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Hi Maureen, You worked your wonders on me on the 16th of January 2013 for smoking and guess what? I haven’t had a smoke or even felt like one! It is truly amazing after smoking for over 30 years I am no longer a slave to the smokes. I feel better (although I was a bit grumpy for a week or so) but that has passed, I can breathe better and my cough has gone. But food tastes so much better so I am trying to watch what I eat. I do get a craving every now and then and it goes as quick as it come…
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  1. Maureen says:

    My apologies for taking so long to reply. Yes I did create this site however I did outsource some of the more technical areas. The sites I use to outsource are oDesk.com and elace.com – if you do decide to use these sites it is important you provide great detail about the content, layout, images, colours etc. Otherwise you will be disappointed. Imagine trying to create something when you don’t have the specifications. Very frustrating for them and a possible let down for you. I also used the StudioPress.com themes. So good luck with this.

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