According to the American Lung Association, COPD affects 12 million Americans. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by obstruction of the airway usually caused by emphysema or chronic bronchitis.

COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in America, following heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Although COPD worsens over time, there are a few tips to improve the quality of breathing, to help live a better life.

Smoking, secondhand smoke, and exposure to fumes or workplace irritants are all factors that can increase one’s chances of developing COPD. Symptoms of COPD can often mimic the signs of a common cold. The most common indications of COPD are fatigue, shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness of the chest, frequent respiratory infections, excessive mucus in the lungs, coughing that is worse in the morning, and production of white, green, and yellow sputum when coughing. If you experience these symptoms and are at risk for developing COPD, consult your physician. In order to officially diagnose COPD, a physician must complete diagnostic tests to observe breathing capacity and perform an examination.

To alleviate the symptoms of COPD avoid exposure to pollutants and terminate tobacco usage. Consult your physician if you experience COPD symptoms, and seek proper medical treatment.

See the attached article for more details on COPD.

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