Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Basics

Over 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD--and about 12 million more don't know they have it. This lung disease, which makes breathing difficult, is usally caused by smoking. If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, it’s important to understand what kind of lifestyle changes you should make and to learn strategies to help you cope with living with the disease. Though COPD can’t be cured, it can be effectively treated to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

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Cough

A cough is a common reflex action that aims to clear the throat of mucus or foreign irritants. Coughing to clear the throat is typically an infrequent action, although there are a number of other conditions that can cause more frequent bouts of co  More »

Shortness of Breath

Breathing difficulties make you feel as though you cannot get enough air. Mild breathing problems, such as fatigue following an aerobics class, are not a concern. Frequently occurring shortness of breath or sudden, intense breathing difficulty ma  More »

Wheezing

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound made while you breathe. It is heard most clearly when you exhale, but in severe cases, it can be heard when you inhale. It is caused by narrowed airways and/or inflammation. Wheezing may be a symptom o  More »

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