Respiratory Diseases

Quick Facts about Respiratory Diseases

  • Chronic respiratory diseases are chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung.
  • Some of the most common are: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011. Approximately fifteen million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.

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