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What Is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that limit the flow of air into and out of the lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, most often caused by heavy, long-time cigarette smoking. COPD can also include chronic asthma.

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Understanding COPD

COPD refers to lung diseases that limit airflow in and out of your lungs. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Managing COPD

COPD is chronic, which means there is no cure. Treatment can manage symptoms and slow damage to the heart and lungs.


Tests may be done to check your lungs and breathing. And certain procedures can help relieve symptoms.

Metered-Dose Inhaler - View 'Metered-Dose Inhaler' video

An MDI is the most commonly used inhaler in treating lung diseases such as asthma and COPD.

Life With COPD

As a chronic condition, COPD affects more than your lungs. Learn how to manage related health problems and live healthier.

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