Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Learn About COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that is often preventable and treatable.
COPD Causes and Risk Factors
Over time, exposure to irritants that damage your lungs and airways can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is smoking, but nonsmokers can get COPD too.
COPD Symptoms and 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.
Not all people with COPD have the same symptoms and treatment may differ from person to person. It is important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options and to get answers to all of your questions.
Living with COPD
It is inevitable that your life will change after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It may not be as easy to do the things you used to do before.
Research can provide a better and longer future for those diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. See the COPD research we are funding.
Become an advocate for policies that will help those with COPD and reduce the incidence of COPD in the future.
Resources for Healthcare Providers
If you are a healthcare professional treating COPD patients, it is important to stay informed about COPD care, resources and support options.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor about COPD
These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about living with COPD.
COPD Patient Resources and Videos
This library includes videos and other resources for COPD patients and caregivers.
You May be at Greater Risk…
…for pertussis if you have COPD. Tdap vaccination is recommended for adults. Talk to your healthcare provider to be sure you are up to date on your vaccinations.