Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. With COPD, the airways that lead to the lungs are narrowed, and the tiny air sacs in the lungs are damaged and lose their stretch. Over time, it may lead to severe shortness of breath and heart problems.
COPD can't be cured, but medicines and lifestyle changes may help reduce symptoms.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda MD - Pulmonology & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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