Did You Know? Kentucky has the highest rate of COPD in the United States
COPD Includes Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis and Refractory Asthma
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. There are different types of COPD and each type can affect how well different methods of treatment will work. Please use this guide as a resource for knowledge and understanding of the types of COPD, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
01│Types of COPD
COPD is an umbrella term that includes the following three lung diseases:
Unfortunately, COPD symptoms often do not appear until significant lung damage has occurred. The most common symptoms include:
There are three leading causes of COPD:
The primary and most important step is to stop all smoking. This will slow the progression of COPD. Medications will also be prescribed to treat symptoms. Medications may include bronchodilators, inhaled steroids and oral steroids. In more severe cases, oxygen therapy may be necessary.
For support and awareness resources and more information on COPD, please visit: https://www.copdfoundation.org/