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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease most often caused by smoking. More than 15 million people have COPD in the U.S. and more 120,000 people die from this disease each year.

COPD includes two respiratory conditions:

·      Chronic bronchitis— inflamed and irritated airways in your lungs leading to increased mucus production

·      Emphysema—damage to small air sacs and airways in your lungs

When you have COPD, the airflow in your lungs is blocked. This makes it difficult to get air in and out and causes shortness of breath.

COPD develops slowly over many years and worsens over time.  When COPD becomes very severe, patients often need oxygen.