Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is a health condition that harms the patient’s ability to breath. It is caused by a variety of factors, both environmental and social, and progressively impacts the lungs of the patient. It is classified in the same family as other conditions which affect breathing, like Emphysema, Asthma, and Chronic Bronchitis. Several notable symptoms of COPD include coughing up large amounts of phlegm (mucus), wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, and most people who suffer from COPD are also smokers, or smoked cigarettes for a period in their lives. Further, COPD can be exacerbated from long-term exposure to air pollutants, dust, and fumes which come from chemicals.
Key Points of Video:
- 1COPD is a lung disease that affects many
- 2COPD can be causes by smoking or secondhand smoke
- 3COPD has no cure