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.