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COPD

Overview

What is COPD? Learn more about this chronic condition by discovering how COPD is treated and finding out what the risk factors for contracting it are.

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease characterised by obstruction of airflow that cannot be fully reversed with bronchodilators.

What is the difference between COPD and asthma?

Asthma is usually associated with allergic symptoms like hay fever and is caused by readily definable antigens. COPD should be considered in any patient who has a chronic cough, sputum production, shortness of breath and/or history of exposure to risk factors.

Who gets COPD?

COPD is primarily a disease of the elderly. It affects adults over 45 years of age, and rates as one of the major causes of death world-wide.

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