How is emphysema different from 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.

You may have been told you have advanced COPD or end-stage COPD. When you have severe emphysema, you may:

  • Be breathless and unable to perform normal daily activities
  • Have a decreased ability to exercise
  • Be depressed and withdraw from family and friends
  • Be at an increased risk of death

Until recently, there were few treatment options to help patients who have reached the limit of what help medications and supplemental oxygen can deliver – the only options were highly invasive treatments, such as lung volume reduction surgery or a lung transplant.

It may be time to talk to your doctor about whether a new treatment option for emphysema is right for you.

Any answers you may provide in this Emphysema Risk Quiz will not be connected to information that can personally identify you.

If you’ve been diagnosed with emphysema and you have stopped smoking or are willing to stop smoking, you may be a candidate for the Zephyr Valve. Only a doctor can determine if Zephyr Valve is right for you. Click below to view the list of Zephyr Valve treatment centers.


How the Zephyr Valve Works

The Zephyr Valve is the first minimally invasive bronchoscopic treatment option in the United States for severe emphysema patients

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