about copd

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is estimated to affect 12 to 15 million people in North America. COPD is used to describe reoccurring bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of the two.

While COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Several new drugs and devices on the market have helped make the lives of patients with COPD much better.

Causes of COPD.

Causes of COPD:

Signs and Symptoms:

Important Numbers and Websites:

American Lung Association:
1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
www.lungusa.org

Social Security Administration:
1-800-772-1213
www.ssa.gov

Emphysema Foundation:
1-203-852-1009
www.emphysemafoundation.org

Asthma and Allergy Foundation:
1-800-7-ASTHMA (727-8462)
www.aafa.org

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:
1-301-496-4236
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/index

Lung Disease Information Network:
1-206-329-6565
www.lungdz.com

COPD Support, Inc:
www.copd-support.org

Care Internet, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases
www.careinternet.com

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
www.cms.hhs.gov