COPD
While COPD cannot be cured, those with COPD can take steps to make breathing easier and live a longer and more active life.

What is COPD?

A serious lung disease that, over time, makes it hard to breathe. COPD is often called other names, like chronic bronchitis or emphysema.  In COPD, the airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – are partly blocked, making it difficult to get air in and out.

While COPD cannot be cured, those with COPD can take steps to make breathing easier and live a longer and more active life. 


Who is at risk? 

  • Smokers or those having a history of smoking
  • People exposed to work-related dusts and chemicals – certain vapors, fumes and dusts (such as coal dust and silica) 
  • Those diagnosed with Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (called Alpha-1) – uncommon, inherited genetic disorder increases the risk for lung and liver disease.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Constant coughing, sometimes called "smoker's cough"
  • Shortness of breath while doing everyday activities
  • Excess sputum or phlegm production
  • Being unable to take a deep breath
  • Wheezing