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What is the difference between COPD and Emphysema?

Asked by Lynn , Last updated: Oct 29, 2020

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E. Stanley

E. Stanley

E. Stanley
E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Oct 23, 2020

The lungs are some of the most important parts of a person's body, because it is what allows a person to breathe and live. However, there are medical conditions that can impact the health of a person's lungs, which should be taken seriously because of how important the lungs are. Two of those conditions are COPD and Emphysema.

COPD is when there is obstruction of the lung's airflow and it impacts the normal flow of breathing that a person has. Emphysema is a part of COPD. With emphysema, it is a condition that has the air sacs of the lungs damaged, making it hard to breathe.

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