COPD

What is COPD?

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term used to describe the airflow obstruction that is associated with emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • COPD diagnosis usually occurs when patients are in their late 50’s and 60’s once lung function has declined and the quality of life has rapidly deteriorated.
  • COPD is treatable, but there is no cure for the disease
  • COPD sufferers may eventually require supplemental oxygen and/or machines to assist with breathing
  • In adults, early intervention following early identification of abnormal spirometry can lead to smoking cessation, occupational vocational, or environmental changes.

COPD in Arizona

  • According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), deaths in Arizona due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) ranked 3 rd in 2002.
  • COPD accounted for 6% of all Arizona deaths in 2002
  • According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Morbidity and Mortality report, Arizona is among the states ranked highest for COPD deaths

For more news, resources, and information on COPD please visit our website: www.BreatheEasyAz.org 

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