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The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation defines COPD to be an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Most people assume breathlessness and coughing comes as a normal part of aging, but it is important to see a doctor before early symptoms develop into more serious stages of the disease. Ask your doctor about taking a spirometry test – a lung function test that is best for detecting COPD.
According to the COPD Foundation, sign and symptoms of COPD include:
MedlinePlus explains that while there is no cure for COPD, there are multiple ways to relieve symptoms before the disease gets worse, such as giving up smoking, the main cause of COPD.
The COPD Foundation encourages the public to get involved with furthering research for the disease. Despite being the 3rd leading cause of death, according to clinicaltrials.gov, there are less than 800 ongoing trials for COPD, which pales in comparison to the over 41,000 trials taking place in cancer research.
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