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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition in which the airways in the lungs become damaged due to inhaling cigarette smoke or other particles. The term COPD includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Sometimes the air sacs are also damaged. As the lungs become more damaged over time, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe. When the damage is severe, it may also become difficult to get enough oxygen into the blood and to get rid of excess carbon dioxide. These changes all lead to shortness of breath and other symptoms. While the lung damage cannot be reversed, there are treatments that can improve symptoms.