November is National COPD Awareness Month
What is National COPD Awareness Month All About?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. COPD encompasses emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is usually caused by smoking. However, long-term exposure to irritating chemicals and pollutants are also causes. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath, a constant “smoker’s cough”, sleep apnea and wheezing. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
An estimated 15 million Americans report that they have been diagnosed with COPD. In addition, more than 50 percent of adults with low pulmonary function were not aware they had COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.