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WHAT IS C.O.P.D.?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease that makes it difficult for air to move into and out of your lungs. It causes the airways of the lungs to be inflamed and become ‘obstructed’ or blocked. Drawing a breath can be a difficult frightening struggle.
Some people with COPD suffer from both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both make breathing difficult and cause breathlessness.
COPD is caused by cigarette smoking, occupational exposure to dusts, and possibly outdoor air pollution.
COPD is on the rise, with an estimated 50% of patients with COPD remaining undiagnosed.