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What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it difficult to breathe.

COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke.
Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust—also may contribute to COPD.

Most people who have COPD have both emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

 

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Living Well with COPD

COPD is a serious illness that can greatly affect your entire way of life, but, it doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying your life. Together with your health care provider, you can learn ways to improve your breathing and fitness and prevent quick and serious worsening of your disease. It takes a commitment to improve your health, and it takes effort to use your medicines and therapies correctly.


 

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