Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. An estimated 24 million Americans are affected by COPD, but half of those people are not aware they have it. If you experience increased breathlessness, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness, visit your doctor to get screened for COPD. Smoking, pollution, and genetics are the most common risk factors for COPD. If you have COPD, learn how you can avoid exacerbations and when you need to visit the emergency room.
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you have COPD and any of the following symptoms.
These are signs of an exacerbation, and the quicker you receive treatment, the better. Locate your nearest St. Luke's Health emergency room today.
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