Emphysema is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Emphysema, along with chronic bronchitis, together are referred to as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or COPD. Right now COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that COPD is often preventable and treatable.

The more you can learn about emphysema, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this disease, making the most of every day, and maintaining the quality of life that is important to you.

There are many resources available to people living with COPD and their loved ones. We have information and tools created by the American Lung Association for your use. And there are resources provided by partners of the American Lung Association. Be sure to check out the other areas of our COPD section.