November 3, 2022

An all-encompassing title for airflow obstruction, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), is a serious disease of the lungs that make it very difficult to breathe. COPD is also referred to as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. A leading cause of death, COPD afflicts millions of Americans and can cause long-term disability.

November is National COPD Awareness Month, designated for family caregivers, healthcare providers, and those suffering from COPD a place of community where they can work together to improve the lives of those living with this disease.

Healthy Kansas City talked to Dr. Andrew Schlachter, pulmonologist and critical care medicine specialist at Saint Luke's Health System, about what causes COPD and living with the condition.

Read the full Healthy Kansas City article: National COPD Awareness Month

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