The symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as dyspnea (shortness of breath), chronic productive cough, and wheezing can cause functional limitations, preventing a COPD-sufferer from doing the activities that they would like to do. Not only that, COPD limits not just those with COPD, but their caregivers too. Getting out of the house, walking, and participating in social activities can become limited for both patients and those who care for them.
In this video produced by Medscape, Laura Feemster, M.D. and David Au, M.D., both of the University of Washington, of the disease, the stigmatization associated with COPD, and the treatments available to reduce COPD symptoms and prevent exacerbations and hospitalizations.
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