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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects more than 24 million people in the United States. “Chronic" means long term, "obstructive" means it is hard to get air out of the lungs. The most familiar diseases in this group are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. A person with COPD may have emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or both. COPD shares characteristics of asthma. 

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National Jewish Health authors free downloadable patient education materials to provide you and your family the information and tools to help manage your disease. They include Understanding Booklets, Med Facts, Test Facts, Medication handouts and more.