Vim & Vigor - Winter 2016 - North Mississippi - 20
to sideline you.
of life when you
have chronic lung
Breathing is easy to take for granted. Awake or asleep, sitting
or running, it just happens.
But if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD), breathing isn't so automatic. An umbrella term that
includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis (and sometimes
asthma), COPD is a lung disease that can cause wheezing,
shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, as well as a
cough that produces a lot of mucus.
A person with COPD must cope with the condition every
But although there's no cure, there is good news for the
11 million people in the U.S. who have COPD: With the
right steps, it's possible to improve lung health and increase
quality of life. Start here.
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day, and it is progressive, meaning it will worsen over time.