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COPD – Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (abbreviated COPD), also known as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (abbreviated COLD), is an umbrella term used to describe chronic lung diseases that are characterized by progressive obstruction of the airflow into and out of the lungs and increased shortness of breath. COPD is an insidious disease, which is often diagnosed after some of the lung capacity is already lost. The two primary diseases included under the umbrella term of COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Often included in many definitions of COPD are bronchiectasis and refractory (severe chronic) asthma.

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www.copd.com
www.copdfoundation.org

PDF Articles:

>> Click here << to download pdf brochure: What is COPD?
>> Click here << to download pdf brochure: COPDGene™ Research Study
>> Click here << to download pdf brochure: Living Well With COPD, patient education
>> Click here << to download pdf brochure: COPD, are you at risk?
>> Click here << to download pdf brochure: Breathing Better, With a COPD Diagnosis