By: Kaylyn Hinz
Being the third leading cause of death in the United States, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases. If you feel like your lungs are not at their best, try taking the Spirometry test, a simple breathing test.
Symptoms can include:
- Constant coughing, sometimes called “smoker’s cough”
- Shortness of breath while doing activities you used to be able to do
- Excess sputum production
- Not being able to take a deep breath
As people get older they usually mistake an increase in breathlessness and coughing as a sign of aging, but usually that is not the case. If you or anyone you know have the symptoms of breathlessness, chronic coughing, and wheezing, it would be advised to get tested as soon as possible.
Most of the risk factors for COPD include, smoking, environmental factors, and genetic factors. This disease is preventable and treatable. However, some significant extra pulmonary effects may contribute to the severity in individual patients. For more information please visit www.copdfoundation.org