Do I Have COPD or Emphysema? What’s the Difference?

by | Feb 27, 2018 | COPD, Disease Education, Emphysema, Lung Disease, Related Conditions

When your health isn’t as good as you’d like, it can send you in search of answers as to what may be going on. However, sometimes this search sends you in a couple different directions, leaving you unsure of what condition you could potentially have, a situation that can leave you frustrated and feeling even more lost than you were before.

With your lung specifically, two conditions that may pop up as possible causes of your breathing issues include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. What’s the difference?

COPD vs Emphysema

The COPD Foundation explains that COPD is actually “an umbrella term” that encompasses a variety of lung diseases. So, if you have chronic bronchitis, for instance, you technically have COPD. The same is true if you have emphysema.

Emphysema is essentially a type or form of COPD in which the walls of the air sacs in your lungs become damaged. This makes it harder for them to get rid of the air that you breathe in as effectively as they once did, so taking a deep breath becomes more difficult.

Getting a Correct Diagnosis

If you suspect that you could have emphysema or some other type of lung issue, it’s important that you get a proper diagnosis so you can begin to get treatment. This involves seeing your doctor and possibly being referred out for additional testing.

Three of the most common tests for lung-related issues are:

  1. Spirometry test, which is a breathing test
  2. Chest x-ray
  3. Chest CT scan (shows more detail than an x-ray)

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Health Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at 888-745-6697 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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