Pulmonary Disease or COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a long-lasting obstruction of the airways that occurs with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. This obstruction of airflow is progressive in that it happens over time.
In the United States, approximately 14.2 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, 12.5 million people have chronic bronchitis, and 1.7 million people have emphysema. It is estimated that there may be an additional equal number of US citizens that have COPD but who have not been diagnosed with the disorder. The number of people with COPD has increased by 41.5% since 1982.
What is COPD?
What causes COPD?
What are the symptoms of COPD?
What are the treatments available for COPD?