COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
Symptoms of this disease include: constant coughing, shortness of breath while doing activities you used to be able to do, not being able to take a deep breath, and wheezing, among others.
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2) COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States
3) COPD kills more women than men each year
4) COPD killed more American women than breast cancer and diabetes COMBINED in 2006
5) The US government spent $49.9 billion in direct and indirect costs related to COPD in 2010
6) Majority of those expenses are due to hospitalizations, which can be prevented with better diagnosis and early management practices
7) The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates 12 million adults currently have COPD:
8) Another 12 million are currently undiagnosed COPD
9) Total deaths related to COPD are expected to increase more than 30% in the next 10 years
10) Smoking is not the only cause of COPD! Other factors include second-hand smoke, occupational dust/chemicals, air pollution & various genetic issues.
There’s no cure YET but treatments are available to help patients live with Pulmonary Disease!