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COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD for short) is an umbrella term that includes and describes progressive lung diseases. Lung diseases that fall under the COPD umbrella include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and non-reversible asthma.  What causes COPD varies; it is commonly caused by long-term smoking, but non-smokers can also develop COPD if over-exposed to lung-damaging irritants. In rare cases, COPD is caused by a condition called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD).  COPD cannot be

One of the most common questions I get as a pulmonary specialist is “How do I know if I have COPD?” Before I get into that, let me explain exactly what it is. What is COPD? COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is a fancy way of saying it’s a recurring lung disease that includes affects the lungs and causes reduced airflow, which makes it hard to breathe. Also, is progressive,