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.
Some symptoms of COPD are increased breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing and tightness in chest.
Here are some quick facts from the COPD Foundation:
- COPD affects 30 million individuals in the U.S. and over half of them have symptoms and don’t even know it.
- Most cases of COPD are caused by inhaling pollutants.
- Fumes, chemicals and dust found in many work environments are contributing factors for many individuals who develop COPD.
- Genetics can also play a role in an individual’s development of COPD—even if the person has never smoked or has ever been exposed to strong lung irritants in the workplace.
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