Shortness of breath can be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition that an estimated 12 million Americans may have without knowing it. Even if you have heard of COPD, here are some surprising facts you may not know. View slideshow
Cecil Montgomery, a 64-year-old veteran and retired auto mechanic from Morrilton, Ark., started smoking when he was only 14. He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)the fourth leading cause of death in the United Statesat an early age, 37. Still, he couldn't quit smoking. One day he lit up and coughed until he passed out and turned blue. This near-death experience (doctors resuscitated him in the ER) finally got him to kick the habit. It has been estimated that between 80% and 90% of COPD-related deaths are linked to smoking. COPD is a progressive illness that includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Read More
COPD is not a glamorous disease. And yet, over the years, celebrities who have suffered from COPD have, through their fame, brought greater awareness to this serious and life-threatening disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung condition that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, you probably have more than a few questions. View slideshow
Here are the 10 U.S. cities with the cleanest air, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report, which looks at levels of ozone and particulates (tiny particles that can get lodged in your lungs). View slideshow