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What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a slowly progressive obstruction of airflow into or out of the lungs. The incidence of COPD has almost doubled since 1982. The disease occurs slightly more often in men than in women. The symptoms come on slowly and many people are consequently diagnosed after age 40-50, although some are diagnosed at a younger age.

Return to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

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Comment from: sharyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I have been smoking since the age of 16. Last year I went for lung functioning tests! I am now 66. I was experiencing bad cough, large amounts of mucus, very little energy, and continued smoking. I recently had a visit with doctor and a chest x-ray followed, guess what, COPD diagnosis; yep. I must go for a scan as well soon. I am now taking Spiriva 30/C/Dev. 18 mcg every day for the foreseeable future. So l must quit smoking now.

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Comment from: Linda M, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I was diagnosed in early 2013 with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) but l can now see the symptoms back 3 or 4 years earlier. I crashed and ended up in the hospital the end of February 2014. My husband would not bring me home without oxygen so a doctor there gave us one. I have had it ever since even though doctors say l do not need it. When you go for an appointment, after sitting around for an hour or so, you probably do not need it but if you are trying to do normal everyday things, it causes attacks and l use oxygen. I at this point in time do not know if l am using it too much.

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