Understanding COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD makes breathing difficult for the 16 million Americans who have this disease. While asthma typically causes attacks of wheezing and airflow restrictions, COPD symptoms are usually more constant. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain. The best way to avoid it is to not smoke and avoid exposure to pollutants.

Managing COPD Symptoms and Triggers

There is no cure for COPD, but it can be managed by avoiding triggers and addressing symptoms through various medications, often administered by inhalers.

More Information About COPD

Learn more about COPD at the American Lung Association.