What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

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In this video from the Riverside Community Hospital shared in February 2016, pulmonologist Dr. Ahmed El-Bershawi briefly talks about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Find out more about the treatment and management of COPD here.

Dr. El-Bershawi explains that COPD can be one of two major lung diseases—emphysema and chronic bronchitis—and he describes the symptoms of each condition which include shortness of breath and a productive persistent cough.

Smoking is the number one cause of COPD, although patients can also develop the disease due to other lung irritants such as long-term exposure to pollutants, second-hand cigarette smoke, and untreated asthma.

Discover ten signs and symptoms of COPD here.

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