Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Facts About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that, over time, makes it hard to breathe.
It is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and causes serious, long-term disability.1
The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don't even know it.2
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1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/
2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/