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two seniors looking into each others eyesChronic 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. 

On The Go with Oxygen

If your oxygen level is 88 percent or below, oxygen therapy is often recommended to ensure your blood has enough for your body’s needs.

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Benefits of Oxygen Therapy
Concerns about Wearing Oxygen
Altitude Sickness and Oxygen Therapy

 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.

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