New Designation Gives Breath of Fresh Air to COPD Research, Care

chest problemMore than 12 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which refers to a group of conditions that make breathing difficult due to blocked airflow.

The COPD patients describe inhaling as breathing through a straw. COPD is a progressive disease with symptoms such as chest tightness, respiratory infections, and wheezing.

Research indicates that three percent of patients with COPD have the deficiency of alpha 1-antitrypsin a genetic cause for the development of pulmonary disease. This puts them at high risk of liver disease and lung cancer.

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