Compare/Contrast Essay Lung Disease

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Nicole Thompson
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Restrictive vs. Obstructive Lung Disease

Breath in with the weight of a thousand elephant’s, Heart pounding, feeling all is lost, Breath out with the strength of hundreds, Chest throbbing, Wishing nothing more than for the pain to stop, and both are a wasted effort. Feelings of hopelessness, No one can imagine the suffering you are feeling. This is what people go through everyday with restrictive or obstructive lung disease, while both are different they are very much the same and they are deadly however they are treatable as well as preventable.

Restrictive lung disease as known as restrictive ventilator defects is where the disease causes the lung to restrict its expansion which makes it los lung volume. Which in other words the lung its self as lost its ability to expand due to lose of tissue or cell stiffening due to invasive environmental factors. Having a restrictive lung disease can make it very hard to breath and impairs the body’s ability to transfer oxygen into the body’s bloodstream. Without having the proper amount of oxygen in our blood our bodies can begin to shut down. Now obstructive lung disease is the opposite, obstructive lung disease is where the lung cannot exhale all the air in the lungs. This can be cause by damage or narrowing of the airways as well as blocked or inflamed airways. We exhale carbon dioxide and not being able to exhale all the air in the lung can lead to poisoning by carbon dioxide, not by the mean that you hear from a heater or furnace but it starts to damage the lungs permanently. Obstructive lung disease is the most commonly heard of when thinking about lung diseases, which knowing the differences and similarities are very important.

So let us think for a minute, when coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightening, loss of energy or fatigue, and coughing with production of colored or uncolored mucus or...
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