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Are you a candidate for COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. It’s one of the many conditions that we treat here at BreatheAmerica and can be completely debilitating for patients experiencing its symptoms. It’s strange, then, that most people don’t know what causes COPD until they’ve already been diagnosed.

That’s why we thought we’d take the time to outline exactly what causes COPD, and what it looks like to live life with it.


The trademark symptom of COPD is a shortness of breath. This will usually be the first symptom, so it’s important that you know not to ignore this. Mild COPD will almost always progress to severe COPD.

Another symptom is a chronic cough accompanied by wheezing and tightness of the chest. These symptoms will a lot like the symptoms of asthma, which is why getting to the doctor early is paramount. The doctor should be able to differentiate between the symptoms of COPD versus the symptoms of asthma and provide treatment accordingly.


It’s folklore that only smokers get COPD. While the chronic cough sounds similar to a smoker’s cough—and the likelihood of getting COPD greatly increases with smoking—the two conditions aren’t exclusive to each other.

Other causes of COPD are exposure to certain gases or fumes (oftentimes in the workplace), exposure to secondhand smoke and pollution, and frequent cooking without proper ventilation.

Taking Action

If our descriptions sound like what you’re experiencing, call your primary care or ENT doctor immediately. If you want further confirmation, try taking our COPD Quiz!

If you’re able to go to a BreatheAmerica clinic for care, you’re in luck. Our care providers specialize in pinpointing the cause of your symptoms, then working from there to find the perfect treatment for your unique case. So, why wait? Schedule your personal consultation TODAY!