Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lesser-known respiratory disease but is every bit as dangerous and difficult to manage as asthma. COPD is an umbrella term for a grouping of specific symptoms that are incurable but manageable with appropriate treatment and lifestyle adjustments. The American Lung Association estimates that over 11 million Americans have a COPD diagnosis and up to 24 million have the disease but are undiagnosed. COPD is the third leading cause of death and often causes partial to full disability.
Sufferers experience reduced airflow through the lungs and the disease is typically characterized by difficult breathing, consistent coughing and an increase in mucous. The cause of COPD is generally attributed to long-term exposure to pollutants, irritants or particulates. In a very small percentage of the population (about 1%), a genetic component is responsible for the development of COPD.
Treatment options often depend on the severity of the disease and regimens vary from patient to patient. Treatment options include:
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