Do you have COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary  disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time.

COPD is a major cause of disability, and it's the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD. Many more people may have the disease and not even know it.

COPD develops slowly. Symptoms often worsen over time and can limit your ability to do routine activities. Severe COPD may prevent you from doing even basic activities like walking, cooking, or taking care of yourself.

In the pages that follow, you will first find an assessment of your knowledge about COPD. The content after the pre-assessment has been adapted from National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Diseases and Conditions Index [link] and reviewed by PennCME/BestPractice faculty member Dr. David Mannino, Professor and Director, Pulmonary Epidemiology Research Laboratory
, University of Kentucky College of Public Health)

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