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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe and is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking. Symptoms include coughing and wheezing. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to treat COPD. 

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) page.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.

With this app, you can track which COPD symptoms are most bothersome, share with the doctor shortness of breath results, and input notes to help the doctor understand treatment effectiveness.

Breathe2Relax is a stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress. It includes instructions for practice breathing exercises. Free. iOS, Android.

EPA AIRNow shows air quality information for your location, updated in real time. Free. iOS.

This collection of three apps supports smokers working to become smokefree. Users can track cravings, set goals and reminders, and connect to an online community. Free. iOS, Android.

Resources selected by Linda johnsen, HSL, UNC, Chapel Hill.

Last reviewed: November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 - 12:49pm