Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. It is a progressive and systemic disease that causes significant impacts to a person’s quality of life robbing that person of energy, ease of breathing, and even shortening their life span.
Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two common presentations of COPD. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, daily cough, and increased sputum or mucous production.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine specialist Dr. Lisa Tilluckdharry explains the risk factors and management options in an article published by the Concord Monitor.