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What is COPD?

  • Anatomy of the Respiratory System
    The respiratory system includes the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, and lungs.
  • Chronic Bronchitis
    Chronic bronchitis is a long-term inflammation of the bronchi, which results in increased production of mucus.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two most common conditions of COPD.
  • COPD Remains Widely Undetected
    COPD develops slowly, and people are often not diagnosed with it until their 50s, when the disease has greatly affected their lung function.
  • COPD: More of Us Are Out of Breath
    You take an average of 16 breaths every minute. It's a reflex—you don't pay attention unless there's a problem. But a rising number of us literally can't catch our breath.
  • COPD: Terms to Know
    A short glossary of terms associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • How Your Lungs Work
    Your lungs are remarkable organs with multiple roles. Each day, up to 2,300 gallons of air pass through your lungs.
  • Pulmonary Emphysema
    Emphysema is a chronic lung condition in which the air sacs of the lungs are damaged or destroyed. This damage is irreversible.