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Living With COPD


12 Must-Know Facts About COPD

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

My Smoker's Cough Turned Out to Be Emphysema

I use a machine that provides extra oxygen for me to breathe Read More

I Coughed So Hard I Passed Out and Turned Blue

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 States—at 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

Celebrities With the Lung Disease COPD

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.  View slideshow

15 COPD Healthy Eating Tips

If you have trouble breathing, daily activities—even eating a meal—can be a challenge. Follow these 15 healthy eating tips for people with COPD.  View slideshow

8 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

These eight healthy habits, from eating right to exercising, can help you breathe easier if you have COPD. View slideshow

12 Best COPD Blogs and Websites

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

I Fought COPD With Pulmonary Rehab and a Lung Transplant

Olson saw pulmonary rehabilitation perform "miracles"  Read More

I Manage COPD With a Transtracheal Oxygen Device

It’s easy to use and he's happy he switched Read More

I Was Diagnosed With COPD at 42

She weighs the risks and benefits of each medication  Read More

10 U.S. Cities With the Cleanest Air

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

The Healthiest Vacuum Cleaners for Your Home

The right vacuum can do wonders for your allergies, asthma or COPD. The wrong one can wreak havoc. We tested HEPA-filtration models to come up with the best for your every need.  View slideshow