About the COPD Foundation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

The COPD Foundation’s mission is to prevent and cure Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and to improve the lives of all people affected by COPD.

COPD & Age: Is there a "typical" age?

The Mayo clinic states that most people are at least 35 to 40 years old when COPD first shows. In addition, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reports that the disease develops most often in people who are 40 or older. When you think of COPD, what age range comes to mind? What age where you when you were diagnosed with COPD? Furthermore, when the media depicts people living with COPD, do you think they portray individuals as too young, too old or are they spot on? ...

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Are you considering a Stem Cell Therapy Clinic for treatment of your COPD?

It is hard to Google anything related to COPD, stem cells, or lung transplant without seeing several ads for Stem Cell Therapy Centers. These types of centers have existed for years in other countries, such as Mexico, but now they are appearing in the United States in increasing numbers. Many of them are in Florida or California, and I recently saw an ad for a new one in Scottsdale, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix. ...

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I was diagnosed with only a spirometry and a low pulse ox. Do I need more of a workup?

I was diagnosed with one spirometry and a low pulse ox by my PCP. Put on O2. No follow up and that has been about a year ago. I'm maintaining, but should I have further follow up. Pulmonologist? …

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