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15 Million in U.S. Have COPD, a Lung Disease
Date:11/21/2012

lving inhalants also contribute to the incidence of COPD."

A simple breathing test -- spirometry -- done in the doctor's office can uncover these patients, Horovitz added.

Adults with COPD symptoms (wheezing, shortness of breath or sputum production) should talk to their doctor, the report authors said.

The researchers also urged states to launch educational campaigns in areas where COPD is more common. There is no cure for COPD, but there are ways to manage it and improve patients' quality of life, they noted.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Len Horovitz, M.D., pulmonary specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Nov. 21, 2012


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