For millions of Americans, just taking a breath can be a strenuous task. This podcast discusses causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Created: 11/16/2017 by MMWR.
Date Released: 11/16/2017. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC COPD Awareness National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month – November 2017 Recorded: November 14, 2017; posted: November 16, 2017
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For millions of Americans, just taking a breath can be a strenuous task. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a group of diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that block airflow and make breathing difficult. Smoking is the leading risk factor; exposure to indoor pollutants and respiratory infections can also contribute to COPD. People with COPD might have difficulty walking, climbing stairs, or engaging in social activities and may require use of supplementary oxygen. If you or someone you know is experiencing breathing problems, talk to your healthcare provider. Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment.
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