COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.

Bullectomy for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down, larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications…

Chest X-Ray

A chest X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes . A chest X-ray also shows the bones of your spine and chest, including your breastbone , your ribs, your collarbone , and the upper part of your spine . A chest X-ray is the most common imaging test or X-ray…

Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions

What does it mean to conserve energy? Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you’ve lost your ability to live your life. Conserving, or saving, your…

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Discusses causes and symptoms of COPD. Looks at chronic bronchitis and emphysema, two diseases that are usually a part of COPD. Covers quitting smoking. Includes treatment with bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids. Offers home treatment tips.

COPD Action Plan

It’s important that you know how to treat your COPD. This is true for everyday care and for when your symptoms get worse. It’s also very important that your family, friends, and caregivers know what to do. If you can’t care for yourself in an emergency, others need to know how they can help you. Fill out this action…