COPD 101

Breathing made easier.

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a serious lung disease that blocks a person’s airways making it difficult to breathe air in and out of their lungs. This can lead to heightened levels of fear and stress in the patient. Hospice care can alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life by helping COPD patients breathe a little easier.

Doctor Discussion Guide

Doctor Discussion Guide

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Sharing even the small details about your COPD with your doctor can make a difference. The more details you share about your COPD, the better you can partner with your doctor. So,...

COPD Management Tool

COPD Management Tool

The COPD Management Tool is a 3-in-1 personal tool that helps you talk with your doctor to make a plan that is best for you.

The Effects of COPD

The Effects of COPD

Some signs and symptoms of COPD include cough with mucus, shortness of breath, and fatigue. When these signs first occur, people often mistakenly attribute them to aging, being out of shape, or "smoker's cough." They may limit their level of activity to accommodate...

COPD basics from Mayo Clinic

COPD basics from Mayo Clinic

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that make up COPD. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining...

Understanding COPD from American Lung Association

Understanding COPD from American Lung Association

COPD is a lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. COPD (short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Obstruction in COPD means that the flow of air in and out of the lungs is less than it should be. When...

Spirometry and COPD

Spirometry and COPD

What Is Spirometry? There are many tests to detect or screen for diseases or medical problems. A test called spirometry (spy-rom-ih-tree) shows how well your lungs are working. It is also called Pulmonary (pull-muh-nair-ee) Function Testing.

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