Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other diseases, making it difficult to breathe.
12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, with another 12 million showing signs of impaired lung function. That’s 24 million people suffering from shortness of breath and coughing, resulting in poor airflow.
Mostly caused by smoking, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. While there is no cure for COPD, the symptoms can be treated and disease progression can be slowed. Supplemental home oxygen therapy and aerosolized medications offer the best remedies for COPD symptoms.
Earlier diagnosis of COPD can mean slower disease progression, resulting in: