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What is the similarities and differences between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure?

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure are different conditions. But both can make you short of breath when you do something physical, like exercise, climbing stairs, or walking for a long distance.

If you have COPD, you most likely breathe comfortably when you’re at rest. But when you’re active, your breath starts coming in before your last breath goes out. That causes shortness of breath.

If you have heart failure, your heart doesn’t pump blood efficiently. With activity, blood flow must increase, and your heart must pump harder and faster. If your heart can’t keep up, blood backs up into your lungs. This fluid congestion causes shortness of breath.

SOURCES:

Libby, P. W.B. Saunders, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease 8th Edition,

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

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SOURCES:

Libby, P. W.B. Saunders, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease 8th Edition,

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

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