Five facts about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

By StatePoint

For many of the 12 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, breathlessness, coughing and mucus production may not be symptoms of a nagging cold, but serious, daily effects of a progressive, irreversible lung disease that includes the respiratory illnesses chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

While COPD is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States and worldwide, many Americans are not aware that the disease even exists.

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