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What is COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term used to describe chronic lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is characterized by breathlessness. Emphysema is caused by damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. Damage to the bronchial tubes in the lungs results in chronic bronchitis. Although there is no cure yet, there are many things you can do to breathe better and enjoy life.

What causes COPD

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is not just a smoker’s disease. Genetics, second-hand smoke and environmental factors are all contributing factors for many individuals who develop COPD.

How is COPD diagnosed

Spirometry is considered to be the gold standard for diagnosing COPD. This simple non-invasive test can help show your doctor how severe your COPD is and helps determine what the best treatment protocol is for you.

COPD prevalence in the U.S. 

Nearly 16 million Americans live with COPD and millions more remain undiagnosed. See how your state is doing by visiting the interactive map.

Coronavirus Information for the COPD Community

Global Online Community, COPD360social

COPD Pocket Consultant Guide for Patients

COPD Patient-Powered Research Network Registry


Patient Fact Sheets

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Signs and Symptoms of COPD

Medicines for COPD

What Is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?

Breathlessness–Shortness of Breath

Exacerbation of COPD

How to Prepare for an Emergency or Disaster When You Have Lung Disease or a Sleep Disorder

Oxygen Therapy

Pulse Oximetry

Sleep Problems in Asthma and COPD

Surgery for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease