4. What is COPD?

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

It is a form of irreversible damage to the lungs, most commonly from smoking, causing respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough. There is no cure for COPD, but the symptoms can be managed. COPD may present as chronic bronchitis or emphysema.

Information is courtesy of the CHEST Foundation and GSK.