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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow.

The main symptoms include shortness of breath and cough with sputum production.

COPD is a progressive disease, meaning it typically worsens over time.

Eventually, everyday activities such as walking or getting dressed become difficult.

Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for different types of COPD.

The term “chronic bronchitis” is still used to define a productive cough that is present for at least three months each year for two years.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term lung condition that makes it hard for you to breathe.
Types of COPD

COPD is an umbrella term used when you have one or more of these conditions:

Emphysema: This results from damage to your air sacs (alveoli) that destroys the walls inside them and causes them to merge into one giant air sac.

It can’t absorb oxygen as well, so you get less oxygen in your blood.

Damaged alveoli can make your lungs stretch out and lose their springiness. Air gets trapped in your lungs and you can’t breathe it out, so you feel short of breath.

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