Living with COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of diseases where airflow in the lungs is limited. COPD is a progressive lung disease and affects millions of people each year. The most familiar diseases in this group are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. A person with COPD may have emphysema or chronic bronchitis; many have both. COPD is diagnosed through a medical and physical exam as well as breathing, oxygen, blood, exercise and other tests.

People with COPD must become active managers of their disease. COPD management includes learning more about COPD, having a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise, giving up smoking, avoiding infections, taking medications, using oxygen, learning new techniques for breathing and coughing, and following a health action plan. 


Featured Stories

 

Renewed Hope for the Future

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease slowly took away Kenn Martin’s ability to breathe or even go outside. With care from doctors and nurses at National Jewish Health and supplemental oxygen therapy, he is able to enjoy life again.

Read Kenn's Story

 

COPD Program

As the region's only full-service program, our goal is to help patients manage their disease effectively and to live full and active lives. Learn more.

Learn more about COPD

View all Specialties & Conditions

More Living with COPD Tips

Devices for Inhaled Medications

Inhaled medicines, or medicines that you breathe directly into the lungs, are an important part of treatment for chronic lung disease.