Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease affects millions of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S. 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.

The American Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by COPD. We offer a variety of resources and information about the disease. Check out some of our key COPD support and education resources featured below. Or scroll down to explore our entire COPD section.

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.

Treating COPD

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.

COPD Research

Research can provide a better and longer future for those diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. See the COPD research we are funding.

COPD Advocacy

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.

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