What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common lung disease that makes it difficult to breath. It can make it hard for you to get enough oxygen and clear carbon dioxide from your lungs. Some causes of COPD are exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace, exposure to heavy amounts of second hand smoke or pollution, or if you are a smoker.

Symptoms of COPD include:
  • A long lasting cough
  • Cough with mucous
  • Shortness of breath that gets worse when you are mildly active

COPD can take many years for lung damage to show.

Be sure to talk to your doctor as soon as you begin to notice breathing problems. You need a spirometry test to check your lung function. This test is not hard to complete and can be done in the doctor’s office. It is important to know if you have COPD because you can take steps to slow the damage to your lungs.

Source: ADAM (www.ccok.com)

If you quit smoking, you can slow down the effects of COPD. A free, highly successful program that can help you stop smoking is the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

Call 1-800-784-8669 for information about the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.