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What is COPD?

COPD is a lung disease. It causes problems with breathing. That's because the lungs have trouble pushing "used air out and there may not be enough room to take in healthy new air.

COPD stands for:

Chronic - long-lasting and doesn't go away
Obstructive- partly blocks the flow of air form the lungs
Pulmonary - has to do with the lungs
Disease - a sickness


What Are The Symptoms of COPD?
You can have COPD and not know it. You may think you're just out of shape. You may think you're just getting older. But you are working harder to breathe. COPD symptoms can differ from person to person. You may have one or more of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent cough (or "smoker's cough")
  • Mucus coming from the lungs or throat
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Lung infections, such as bronchitis, more than once a year

Are You at Risk for COPD?
Click on the link below to complete a simple survey to identify if you are at risk for COPD. The survey asks questions about you, your breathing and what you are able to do. Please print a copy of the survey, answer the five questions and then add up your score (the directions are at the bottom of the survey). Please remember to share the completed survey with your doctor. COPD Population Screener

Educational Resources


Strategies for Chronic Care: Provider Resources

Strategies for Chronic Care: Patient Resources


Strategies for Chronic Care: Additional Resources

More COPD Information & Pay-for-Performance White Papers



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