COPD

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COPD

Cigarette smoking

is the leading cause

                  of COPD.

SYMPTOMS

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or a combination of both lung conditions.

 

COPD makes it difficult for those who have the condition to empty air from their lungs, causing difficulty breathing.

Chronic Bronchitis

• Coughing, wheezing, and chest discomfort

• Cough that produces mucus or phlegm on most days

Emphysema

• Shortness of breath and wheezing

• Persistent cough and chest discomfort

Helpful Links:

American Thoracic Society
 

ATS Patient Advisory Roundtable
 

National Heart Lung & Blood Institute
 

American Lung Association

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