What is COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of diseases including Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis, that cause airflow blockage and difficulty breathing.
While there is no known cure for COPD, this disease can be easily managed if diagnosed and treated by your doctor.
COPD is a leading cause of death in the U.S and the fourth leading cause of disability in the U.S.
16 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, with millions being undiagnosed.
Women represent 56% of COPD cases in the U.S.
COPD symptoms impact people’s ability to perform daily living activities.
Treating COPD costs the US over $30 billion per year.
The majority of people with COPD are over the age of 45.
Living with COPD
It’s important to understand COPD is a manageable condition and you are not alone. Joining a COPD support group can be a great opportunity to connect with other people who share common experiences.
Often symptoms of COPD can be mistaken as a normal part of ageing. Some of the common symptoms of COPD are:
Shortness of breath
Increased phlegm or mucus
Common causes of COPD
Smoking is the number one cause of COPD in the United States.
Hazardous air pollution
COPD can also be caused by long term exposure to occupational or environmental pollutants.
Flare ups or exacerbations happen when your symptoms increasingly worsen over a short period of time. This can sometimes be caused by infections or air pollution and can lead to:
Poorer lung function
Increased shortness of breath
Decline in quality of life