What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a few lung diseases, mainly chronic bronchitis and emphysema. A person with COPD may have one or both of these, and each affects the lungs differently.
The symptoms of COPD include coughing (especially a cough that produces mucus), wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe), feeling of tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and trouble breathing. Reviewing symptoms and future risk of flare-ups with your doctor is an important step in COPD management.
What causes COPD?
COPD is usually caused by significant exposure to harmful particles or gases, such as tobacco smoke or air pollution, combined with a variety of other factors, such as genetics.
nearly 15.7 million people in the U.S. are now diagnosed with COPD