What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung condition that causes progressive shortness of breath with exertion over many years.  Most people who have COPD have both of the following conditions:

The chronic condition causes excessive mucus and inflammation in the smaller bronchial tubes (chronic bronchitis) and also destruction of the air sacs (emphysema) over time.  These abnormalities cause narrowing of the airways and difficult breathing, especially during exhalation.

Causes

COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. This chronic condition develops due to:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Passive exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Exposure to respiratory irritants in the work place

Symptoms   

Many patients are troubled with chronic cough, excessive mucus production and other symptoms, especially if they continue to be active smokers. Additional symptoms can include:

  • Frequent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing

Our pulmonologists can help identify if you have COPD and can recommend treatment options to help you manage the disease successfully.


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