Living with COPD

What is COPD?

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disease) is a disease that makes it very difficult to breathe and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD, and many more people may have the disease and not even know it.

Which Diseases Make up COPD?

Emphysema

Damaged airways and air sacs in the lungs make it difficult for the body to effectively exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Chronic Bronchitis

Swollen and inflamed airways produce large amounts of mucus narrowing the airways, making it difficult for air and oxygen to flow freely to the body.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Early signs of COPD are most often experienced during exercise or activity, when your body is asking for air.

Early Symptoms

Persistent coughs, shortness of breath, and chest tightness are signs you should contact your health care professional.

Severe Symptoms

Mental confusion, excess sleep, difficulty breathing, and rapid heartbeats are signs that you should contact a medical professional immediately.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

We are proud to be a partner with you or your loved one who is living with COPD. We have included some links below to resources who can further educate the medical details of COPD.