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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: It takes your breath away

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have difficulty breathing in the form of either bronchitis, emphysema, or a combination of the two. The majority of cases are caused by smoking, and incidence of COPD is rising among Americans. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is not curable, but it is treatable. Lifestyle changes and medication can help patients cope with chronic lung disease and live longer, fuller lives. Most cases can be prevented. Here’s treatment options and advice on how to take care of your lungs.
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