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What is COPD


According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a respiratory disease primarily caused by smoking, which is commonly known as chronic bronchitis, emphysema or "smoker's lung". COPD is a slowly progressive disease, not presenting any obvious signs or symptoms until many patients have reached middle age. Only a doctor can tell you for sure that you have chronic bronchitis or emphysema that indicates you have COPD. Risk factors for COPD include:

The American Lung Association also has a simple-to-use Internet-based lung health decision/support tool available to help people with COPD. Check out the COPD Lung Profiler at www.lungusa.org by clicking on the COPD link on the left.

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Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University

Patricia E Schmitt, CRC, MA
Program Director
The James
The Ohio State University

Kay M Grey, BS, CHES
Wellness and Prevention Specialist
The James
The Ohio State University