Check your COPD facts

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. Many people are affected by this condition. You could be too. Check your facts right here.

Say whether the following statements are true or false:

COPD is one of the major causes of death worldwide.

COPD mostly affects people in their twenties and thirties.

More and more women are getting COPD.

COPD can be cured with the right medication.

People with COPD are notoriously short of breath.

COPD is not confined to the lungs. It can lead to weight loss and muscle weakness as well.

Smoking is the only real cause of COPD.

Low socio-economic status is a risk factor for COPD.

Occupational dusts and chemicals are not really a risk factor for COPD.

Young people with COPD are often wrongly diagnosed as asthmatics.

Anyone with a chronic cough could be at risk of having COPD.

Smoking cessation is the only real therapeutic measure for COPD patients.

All COPD patients need to have oxygen tanks at home.

Many COPD patients end up having heart failure.

Exposure to secondary smoke raises one's COPD risk.