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Are You at Risk for COPD?

Are You at Risk for COPD?

COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a type of lung disease which inhibits your breathing abilities. This includes the diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Ultimately, the disease worsens over time, making it progressively harder for you to breathe in a normal manner.

As COPD develops, less air is able to flow in and out of the airways of your lungs because of a loss of elasticity, destruction or hardening of the walls in between them, or an abnormal abundance of mucus. Unfortunately, the major cause of COPD is smoking, which means it is preventable in many cases.

Take the quiz below to test your risk of developing COPD. Although there is no cure for COPD, the best treatment is staying healthy and stopping the use of cigarettes. Those with a point score of greater than 2 on the quiz are at a greater risk of developing COPD. Those with a quiz score of 2 and under are not currently at risk for developing COPD.

Are you at risk for COPD?

24 million Americans currently have COPD, but 12 million don’t even know they have it! Take this test to see if you are at risk for the disease.

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