COPD Overview

COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung condition that makes breathing more difficult, particularly exhaling, and causes irreversible airflow damage.  The most common types of COPD are chronic bronchitis and chronic emphysema.

While asthma sufferers and those with emphysema in the family have a higher risk of developing COPD, most cases are due to smoking.

Common Symptoms of COPD

Modes of Treating COPD

Associated Complications

  • Chronic Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Swelling in the lower extremities
  • Weight Loss
  • Drugs
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitative Therapy
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • End-Stage lung disease
  • Deterioration of lungs with increased symptoms


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