Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the term used to emcompass a set of lung diseases, primarily emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These are characterized by a limitiation of airflow in the lungs which develops overtime and is not reversible. Symptoms of these diseases include, chronic cough, spitting or coughing phlegm, and being out of breath when doing physical activity.
"You have end stage COPD..." is possibly one of the most frightening - and confusing - things a person can hear. Let's talk about the four stages of COPD and what it means for you. Here are three simple steps that anybody who has heard these dreaded words - and anybody with chronic lung disease for that matter - should…