Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The good news is COPD is often preventable and treatable. Here you'll find information, resources and tools to help you understand COPD, manage treatment and lifestyle changes, find support and take action.
Learn About COPD
The more you understand about COPD the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this disease.
Causes & Risk Factors
Over time, exposure to irritants that damage your lungs and airways can cause COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is smoking, but nonsmokers can get COPD too.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
To diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, your doctor will evaluate your symptoms, ask for your complete health history, conduct a health exam and examine test results.
If you have been newly diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis follow these steps to better understand and manage your diagnosis.
Your treatment plan will help you control your symptoms and know what to do when your COPD gets worse.
Living with COPD
With COPD, there are lifestyle changes that can help you stay more active and improve your quality of life.
An important part of living with COPD is finding the right support, both for you and your caregivers.
COPD Resource Library
This library includes videos and other resources for COPD patients and caregivers.
Health Professionals & Educators
If you are a healthcare professional treating COPD patients, it is important to stay informed about COPD care, resources and support options.
Talk to an expert
Our Lung HelpLine is staffed by registered nurses and respiratory therapists ready to help answer your questions about COPD. Connect with us by phone, email or live chat.