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4. Disease State Questions/ About emphysema

  • On March 1, 2023
  • Do I have Emphysema?

Only your physician can diagnosis your condition. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns and for him/her to evaluate and diagnose your condition.  {collect email or postal address to send the patient a treatment centre list and referral information}

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  • What is the difference between Emphysema and COPD?

COPD is a progressive disease and gets worse over time. Emphysema is a severe form of COPD. People who suffer from emphysema live with severe shortness of breath that often prevents them from doing simple daily activities without pausing to catch their breath or resting.

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  • What is Emphysema?

Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. In severe emphysema, parts of the lungs are damaged, which traps air in the lungs (called hyperinflation of the lungs). This causes the diseased parts of the lung to get bigger and put pressure on the healthy parts of the lungs and diaphragm. When this happens, it makes it difficult to breath properly and take deep breaths. So, this constant shortness of breath can make it difficult to do everyday activities and to enjoy many aspects of life without stopping for air, taking a break, or getting help. Unfortunately, emphysema cannot be cured, but the Zephyr Valve may help patients breathe easier, enjoy more, and have a better quality of life while living with emphysema.

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