COPD Study Opportunity
_WHAT IS COPD (CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE)?
COPD is a disease that makes it hard to breathe. It's the result of lung irritants that have caused permanent damage to the lungs. COPD includes two conditions1:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Or both of these conditions
Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Some other causes of COPD include2:
- Secondhand smoke
- Air pollution
- Chemical fumes
There is no cure for COPD. There are, however, rescue medicines that can help patients breathe better.
People with COPD have symptoms that include:
- Having a hard time catching their breath
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing (a whistling sound when they breathe)
- Chronic cough that may produce a lot of mucus (smoker's cough)3
Look at our COPD Symptoms Checklist to see if you or someone you know may have symptoms of COPD.