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Do have hope
At one time, COPD was considered a death sentence. Today, there's reason for optimism.
Once people know they have COPDin the early stages, the symptoms can be easy to ignorethey can exercise, quit smoking, and take medication to prevent further lung damage.
"With those three things together, my patients can have an absolutely normal life," says says Antonio Anzueto, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, who is also chair of the U.S. COPD Coalition. "This can be a treatable disease."