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WHAT IS C.O.P.D.?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease that makes it difficult for air to move into and out of your lungs.  It causes the airways of the lungs to be inflamed and become ‘obstructed’ or blocked.  Drawing a breath can be a difficult frightening struggle.

Some people with COPD suffer from both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  Both make breathing difficult and cause breathlessness.

COPD is caused by cigarette smoking, occupational exposure to dusts, and possibly outdoor air pollution.

COPD is on the rise, with an estimated 50% of patients with COPD remaining undiagnosed.

 

How well do your lungs work?

 

One way Doctors can tell if you have COPD  is by measuring the airflow of your lungs.  Through a simple breathing test called spirometry, a machine measures how much air you can breath out in one second, a reading called forced expiratory volume (FEV).

 

If your lungs are obstructed, you will not be able to breathe out as much air as someone without lung obstruction.

 

HERE for more information about diagnosis.

Helpful Links:

 

www.learnaboutCOPD.org

www.copdfoundation.org

www.lung.ca