Smoking is the primary cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of death worldwide, but other contributors include long-term exposure to air pollution, dust, and certain chemicals. Another contributor is genetic factors, though these have not yet been isolated. COPD is not reversible, though its progression can
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Women are 37 percent more likely than men to have COPD, and it is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. COPD is undiagnosed in many patients who have it, but
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—an umbrella term for chronic lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis—affects seven million women. Unfortunately, millions more women have COPD but have not been diagnosed.
“The medications that we use for COPD can help alleviate symptoms, but they do not alter the disease itself,” explains