Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease most often caused by smoking, limits the amount of oxygen you can take into your bloodstream and the amount of carbon dioxide you can be breathe out. Learn about the symptoms of COPD and treatment options. <br><a class="linktocondition" href="/condition/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease">COPD Guide</a>

Why People with COPD Continue to Smoke

  • Posted on: 7 January 2015
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Despite having asthma or COPD, individuals who smoke still find it incredible hard to quit.

The Shocking Truth about Quitting Smoking

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

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Early COPD Diagnosis and Education Help Make Symptoms Manageable

  • Posted on: 14 November 2013
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by Maggie Borger

My COPD diagnosis can only be described as shocking. When I first got sick in December 2004, I thought I just had the flu. But my breathing difficulties worsened until I was diagnosed six months later with emphysema, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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Exercise and Diet Help Me Manage COPD Symptoms and Live a Healthier Life

  • Posted on: 5 November 2013
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by Jean Rommes

I have emphysema, as well as chronic bronchitis and an asthma component. I smoked for 30 years and quit in 1992, mostly because I realized that I was organizing my entire day at work around when I could smoke. I decided that was pretty stupid, so I got the patches and quit. I had never tried to quit before; I had cut back occasionally, but I never really tried to quit until I actually did it.

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COPD Awareness Month: Know the Symptoms

  • Posted on: 31 October 2013
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In honor of COPD Awareness Month this November, we’re exploring this preventable disease that kills more women than breast cancer and diabetes combined.

Authored by John W. Walsh, President and Cofounder of the COPD Foundation

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Tip Card

  • Posted on: 8 July 2013
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Timely diagnosis can help with management  of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Yet, many people fail to get  a proper diagnosis. This tip card can help you or your patients recognize and  manage the signs and symptoms of COPD.

Living With COPD

  • Posted on: 5 February 2013
  • By: BrendaDargan
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I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in January 1999 after spending six weeks getting over pneumonia. It was at a follow-up visit that my primary care doctor said, while listening to my lungs, "I don't hear much."After all those weeks of coughing, wheezing and gurgling when I breathed, I thought that was a good thing. It was a surprise when he said, "No, it isn't a good thing."

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I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in January 1999 after spending six weeks getting over pneumonia. It was at a follow-up visit that my primary care doctor said, while listening to my lungs, "I don't hear much."After all those weeks of coughing, wheezing and gurgling when I breathed, I thought that was a good thing. It was a surprise when he said, "No, it isn't a good thing."

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Living Well With COPD

  • Posted on: 8 November 2012
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woman walkingWhile there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), beginning long-term treatment early can improve symptoms, increase your ability to exercise and enable you to breathe better with a better quality of life. Here are nine tips to help you live well with COPD:

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