COPD awareness – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. November is COPD Awareness Month.
Kiley: COPD is an acronym for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley at the NIH says, COPD is also called progressive airway obstruction, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, and it is the third leading cause of death in America. But…
Kiley: I think the important point to note about COPD is it’s a treatable disease.
Narrator: The disease slowly blocks the lungs making it difficult to breath. Dr. Kiley emphasizes, early detection can lead to effective treatments. For more on COPD, including signs and symptoms as well as details from the Learn More, Breath Better awareness campaign, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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