Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a very common disease that effects more than 12 million individuals in the United States. It is the fourth leading cause of death. COPD is a term used to describe patients with emphysema
, chronic bronchitis
or a combination of both.
Symptoms of COPD include:
- Shortness of breath with activity or while resting
- Chest tightness
- A daily or almost daily cough cough that produces mucus
Individuals with COPD may have other associated medical problems such as muscle weakness, sleep problems, weight loss and mood changes. The Ohio State University Medical Center COPD team consists of a dedicated group of physicians, nurses, and staff who work together to bring you the most comprehensive care available.
If you are having any of these problems or have any questions about your symptoms, ask your doctor about COPD or contact us at 614-293-4925.