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November is COPD Awareness Month

Chronic lower respiratory disease - of which COPD is the biggest component - is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

5 Ways to Prevent COPD

Healthy lifestyle habits can help you keep your lungs healthy;

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid secondhand smoke
  • Avoid air pollution
  • Avoid occupational exposures
  • Know your family history COPD

Symptoms: When to Talk to Your Doctor

Now that you know the risks, you need to know the symptoms. COPD symptoms include a cough that produces lots of mucous (smoker's cough), shortness of breath (especially during exercise), wheezing, and tightness in your chest.

In need of a Pulmonary care specialist? Visit our Pulmonary Care page to find a provider.