Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Topic Guide
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition in which there is a long-lasting obstruction of the airways, and occurs with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and/or asthma. Causes of COPD include cigarette smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke and environmental tobacco smoke, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, airway hyper-responsiveness, and air pollution. Symptoms of COPD include a productive cough and acute chest illness, shortness of breath, wheezing, heart failure, cyanosis, and weight loss. Treatment of COPD includes medications, oxygen therapy, surgery, and lung transplant.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) FAQs Did you know that COPD is a combination of three medical conditions? Check out these frequently asked questions regarding COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) to learn more.
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