I Was Diagnosed With COPD at 42

I started taking Prolastin when I was diagnosed with COPD in 1989 at the age of 42, and I believe it has been what has kept me alive. I found out I was an alpha-1 (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a condition that is caused by a gene mutation ...

I Manage COPD With a Transtracheal Oxygen Device

I was diagnosed with COPD in 2005, and I’ve been on oxygen full-time since 2006, when I had a bout of pneumonia. I am what is called a high-flow oxygen user. At rest, I need about 4 to 6 liters per minute. When I’m exercising, I ...

I Fought COPD With Pulmonary Rehab and a Lung Transplant

An important aspect to improving breathing and lifestyle if you have COPD (or any type of breathing impairment) is pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise. I have COPD/emphysema and was so exhausted just breathing; it was difficult to do any exercise. But ...

Can Asthma Increase COPD Risk?

Getty Images As many as 1 in 10 children in the U.S. have asthma, a lung condition that is responsible for one-quarter of all emergency room visits each year. About 1 in 20 adults have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ...

Danica Patrick: How I Stay Healthy on the Go

Courtesy of Drive4COPD.com The macho world of auto racing seems like it’d be a difficult place for a woman to feel at home. But Danica Patrick makes driving 200 mph with the guys look like a walk in the park. Patrick is the ...

I'm a Nonsmoker, But I Have Emphysema Due to a Rare Genetic Condition

(BOB CAMPBELL) I’d had severe asthma since infancy, but as a child I never told anyone. I didn’t want to be treated like a baby because of my asthma, and at school I didn’t want to be perceived as a weakling. In ...

How COPD Can Harm Your Heart

Istockphoto If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you’re at an increased risk for developing other health problems, such as osteoporosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) , diabetes, and heart disease. ...

What Is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease in which your lungs become inflamed or damaged, preventing air from flowing in and out normally. The most common COPD symptoms are persistent coughing, shortness of breath, ...

A Guide to COPD in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

(ISTOCKPHOTO/HEALTH) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disorder with mild symptoms that get worse over time—and there’s no cure. Lifestyle changes and treatments, however, can slow it down. In ...

How Quitting Smoking Can Slow Down COPD

The number one cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a disease that includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema—is smoking. Smoking causes the lungs to become inflamed or damaged, which can prevent ...