Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes two lung conditions—chronic bronchitis and emphysema. More than 12 million people in the United States have COPD (and COPD is the fourth leading cause of death), but another 12 million have COPD without knowing it.
If you're being evaluated for COPD, you can expect to receive x-rays, CT scans, and lung function tests.
Olson saw pulmonary rehabilitation perform "miracles"
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It’s easy to use and he's happy he switched
This near-death experience finally got him to quit smoking
I use a machine that provides extra oxygen for me to breathe
AAT deficiency is so rare, doctors may miss it
Find out more about this serious, long-term illness