What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Today is World COPD Day
According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide, causing 3.3 million deaths in 2019. In 2020, 148,512 people died from COPD in the United States, while in the UK an estimated 30,000 people die from the disease each year. COPD is a common disease and, while there is currently no cure, treatment can help slow the progression of the condition and control the symptoms. But COPD is also a preventable disorder, with healthy lifestyle choices key factors in halting its onset. So, what exactly is COPD, and how do its symptoms manifest themselves?
Click through and find out more about this debilitating and potentially fatal disease.
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