200 Years of COPD Awareness

Discussion created by Thomas3.20.2010 on Nov 7, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 7, 2017 by elvan

November is COPD Awareness Month. 

I found this article on HealthLine:

History of COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow. This makes the process of breathing increasingly difficult. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthmatic bronchitis all fall under the umbrella of COPD. Each of these conditions decreases quality of life, and causes ill health and death worldwide.

Physicians have been tracking the symptoms of COPD for around 200 years. Learn the history of the condition and how far treatment has progressed.

Read More: History of COPD: 1600s to the Present 

Over the years, physicians have done much to help us understand the causes, diagnosis, and progression of COPD. The earlier that COPD is diagnosed, the better the long-term prognosis.

Although there’s no cure for COPD, symptoms can be managed, and people with the condition can improve their overall quality of life.