COPD and How to Cope

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease in which your lungs become inflamed or damaged, preventing air from flowing normally. The most common COPD symptoms are persistent coughing, shortness of breath, and feeling like you can't breathe or exhale easily. COPD can refer to any airway blockage caused by chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or asthmatic bronchitis. Many times, COPD is misdiagnosed as being out of shape, but it is so much more serious.  It is long-term illness and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.  Health.com provides several tips for those dealing with COPD, allowing for breathing to be less painful.

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