The goals of COPD treatment are to slow disease progression, improve quality of life and increase survival. Take all medications as directed and talk to your health care provider if your symptoms worsen. Be sure to get recommended immunizations—like a yearly flu vaccine and a pneumonia vaccine.
Chronic bronchitis is defined as the presence of a mucus-producing cough that persists for at least 3 months in at least two consecutive years.
In people with COPD, signs of the disease are caused by the body's attempt to compensate for a damaged respiratory system.
Emphysema is an irreversible, progressive condition characterized by inflammation and reduced airflow in the lungs.