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Chronic lung disease affects many Oklahomans

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a serious lung disease that affects many Oklahomans. In a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 percent of Oklahomans reported their doctors had told them they had COPD.

BY JACLYN COSGROVE Published: January 28, 2013

WELLSTON — About a year ago, Anita Smith gave up.

Losing weight is difficult enough, but when you’re 63 and suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it can feel impossible.

Smith was frustrated...
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What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term referring to two lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that are characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Both of these conditions frequently coexist, hence physicians prefer the term COPD. It does not include other obstructive diseases such as asthma.


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