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This Is Your Lungs on COPD

Here’s exactly how this chronic disease impacts your lungs, plus how doctors determine the severity to provide the best treatment possible.

By Amy Marturana Winderl
man walking dog in wet sand

12 Ways to Breathe Easier Every Day With COPD

Catch your breath faster with these COPD-approved tips.

By Judy Koutsky
Cold Weather and COPD

When the Weather Makes It Hard to Breathe

Small changes in temperature and humidity can make a big difference in how you feel when you have COPD. Here’s what to look out for.

By Alison Gwinn
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, during a pre-caucus rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

How Sen. Rand Paul’s Chest Trauma is Affecting His Lungs

How a simple blow to the chest can result in a serious diagnosis.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
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What Is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease develops slowly. Symptoms include wheezing, a chronic cough with phlegm, and shortness of breath.

By HealthAfter50
How Obstructive Lung Diseases Disrupt Breathing

How Obstructive Lung Diseases Disrupt Breathing

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease narrow the airways and make breathing difficult. However, they affect the airways in slightly different ways.

By HealthAfter50
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6 Things to Do to Prevent COPD Exacerbations

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease flares can take a significant toll on patients. But a growing body of research suggests that some can be prevented.

By HealthAfter50
Doctor with model of lungs.

What Is Bullous Emphysema?

Emphysema is type of chronic obstructive lung disease often caused by smoking.

By John Bottrell
Heart and lungs, x-ray and EKG.

10 Ways COPD Affects the Heart

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), over time, can affect the heart. Learn how our heart and lungs work together as a team to keep us healthy.

By John Bottrell