How Much Do You Know About COPD?

Allison Tsai | Jan 28th 2013 Oct 10th 2017

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COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
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Both of these conditions fall under the umbrella term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These diseases are characterized by progressive shortness of breath and damage to the airways and lungs. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)

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  1. COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

    Correct Answer: True

    Both of these conditions fall under the umbrella term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These diseases are characterized by progressive shortness of breath and damage to the airways and lungs. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)

  2. Common symptoms include being out of breath during activity and at rest, chronic cough and spitting or coughing up mucus.

    Correct Answer: True

    These are the hallmark symptoms which worsen over time. COPD is not reversible, but medication and therapy can slow its progress. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)

  3. COPD is only caused by cigarette smoke.

    Correct Answer: False

    More than 80 percent of cases in the U.S. are caused by smoking, however, in some rare cases a genetic disorder can be the cause, called the Alpha-1 gene. Industrial pollutants and cooking over wood and coal fires are also causes in underdeveloped countries. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)

  4. A combination of medication, pulmonary rehab and oxygen replacement therapy are used for treatment.

    Correct Answer: True

    Surgery and lung transplants can be considered as a last resort. However, many people with COPD are not ideal candidates for this type of procedure. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)

  5. Asthma and lung cancer can have similar symptoms to COPD.

    Correct Answer: True

    Coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing are all hallmarks of asthma and COPD. Bloody phlegm, chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath can also be symptoms of lung cancer. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)

  6. Being diagnosed with stage IV, or end-stage COPD, means chances of survival after a year are low.

    Correct Answer: False

    People with end-stage COPD can live for many years. A combination of medication, oxygen replacement therapy and pulmonary rehab can slow the progression of the disease. People with end-stage COPD can still live long, fulfilling lives. Source: [Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease](http://www.healthcentral.com/copd/copd-000070-145.html?ic=506019)