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.

COPD: Clearing Your Lungs

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term illness that makes it hard to breathe. When you have COPD, air does not flow easily into and out of your lungs. You may be short of breath, cough a lot, and have a lot of mucus in your lungs. Learning to clear your lungs may help you save energy and oxygen and…

COPD: Help for Caregivers

Helping or caring for a loved one with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can feel like a lot to take on. There’s the challenge of caregiving, because what seems best for someone isn’t always what the person wants to do. There’s also the stress of learning how to manage COPD and often other health problems…

COPD: Keeping Your Diet Healthy

Covers eating healthy foods when you have COPD. Looks at how shortness of breath may make eating harder and why it is important to eat regularly. Offers tips to make eating easier and help you get necessary nutrition.

COPD: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

In lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), a large area of damaged lung is removed to allow the remaining lung tissue to expand when you breathe in. This surgery is done only for people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or with certain types of emphysema. The National Emphysema Treatment Trial has…

COPD: Using Exercise to Feel Better

Covers ways to exercise and stay active with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Explains that exercise makes muscles and heart stronger and may improve shortness of breath. Includes warning to talk to your doctor before starting exercise.