COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Have you experienced shortness of breath or the feeling of fatigue caused by a struggle to breathe?
- You may have COPD.
- COPD is a condition that makes it difficult to empty the air out of the lungs. Not to be confused with asthma, COPD does include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of both.
- COPD is both preventable and treatable.
- Chronic means that the disease can last for a long time. Although symptoms may come and go, for the most part COPD is there for life.
- The symptoms can be treated, and in some cases improved, by not smoking and taking medications but the shortness of breath and fatigue may never completely go away.
- The good news is that patients can and do manage their condition. It does not prevent them from leading a full and active life.
Chronic bronchitis is where there is increased swelling and mucus production in the airway.
The symptoms of chronic bronchitis can be manifested as a cough that produces mucus or phlegm for an extended time of months or years.
Smoking is one of the most common causes of COPD. Stopping smoking is the first and most important treatment for COPD.