Understanding your lungs and COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that cause an obstruction to the airflow in the lungs either by:

Damage to the air sacs (alveoli) and breathing tubes (bronchi and bronchioles).

Swelling and sputum/mucus production in the breathing tubes.

The term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stands for:

C – chronic – long term

O – obstructive – partly blocked

P – pulmonary – the lungs

D – disease – or illness