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Understanding COPD

What Is COPD? - VHL HealthSheet #82431_VA
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that limit the flow of air into and out of the lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, most often caused by heavy, long-time cigarette smoking. COPD can also include chronic asthma.
Lung Anatomy - VHL HealthSheet #82995_VA
Your lungs take air in to give your body oxygen, which the body needs to work. Your lungs, like all the tissues in your body, are made up of billions of tiny specialized cells. Old lung cells die and are replaced by new, identical lung cells.
Diagnosing COPD - VHL HealthSheet #88787_VA
Shortness of breath may have prompted you to see the doctor. In many cases, though, COPD progresses for years without obvious symptoms.
Treatments for COPD - VHL HealthSheet #88789_VA
Your COPD treatment plan will likely include several forms of treatment. These are based on your symptoms and the underlying cause of your COPD.
Resources for Chronic Lung Disease - VHL HealthSheet #82439_VA
You can do many things to help control COPD. Sticking to your treatment plan may not always be easy, but feeling your best depends on it. Pulmonary rehab programs, support groups, and other resources can help you.
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Did You Know?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term for two serious, usually progressive lung diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

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