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Consumer Health: Understanding COPD.

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COPD
November is National COPD Awareness Month, which makes it a good time learn more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This chronic inflammatory lung disease is a major cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. It’s caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and various other conditions. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for COPD.

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