The following article offers information regarding COPD and how to avoid it during the spring months.
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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
It is estimated that 16 million people in the U.S. are currently diagnosed with COPD, with an additional 14 million estimated to be in the beginning stages of the disease and not yet diagnosed.
COPD is a preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by persistent, progressive airflow limitation often associated with chronic inflammatory response.
he main symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath and chronic coughing, with or without mucous.
COPD exacerbations, characterized by worsening of the patient’s respiratory symptoms, are common, especially during the spring season, and can be extremely dangerous for the patient.
Upon diagnosis, the disease is classified within four categories of severity ranging from mild to end-stage COPD.
Like many other diseases, early detection is key. The earlier…
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