WHAT IS COPD?
COPD IS A GENERAL TERM USED TO DESCRIBE PROGRESSIVE LUNG DISEASES LIKE EMPHYSEMA AND CHRONIC BRONCHITIS.
COPD leads to decreased airflow in the lungs over time, as well as inflammation and narrowing of the airway walls. Inflammation is the local response of the body to cell injury, characterized by irritation and thickening of the airways.
COPD may start with mild symptoms or even no symptoms. As the disease gradually builds up over time, symptoms usually worsen. Common signs and symptoms of COPD include:
A PERSISTENT COUGH THAT PRODUCES A LOT OF MUCUS
SHORTNESS OF BREATH, ESPECIALLY WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
WHEEZING (A WHISTLING NOISE WHEN YOU BREATHE) AND TIGHTNESS OF THE CHEST
Remember, not everyone with these symptoms has COPD, and not everyone with COPD has these symptoms. Make sure you keep track of your symptoms and how they’re affecting your daily life. And be sure to keep your doctor informed.
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