Are You At Risk For COPD?
Your lungs are a pair of light, spongy, air-filled organs located on either side of your chest. If you’re good to your lungs, they will be good to you—flawlessly providing fresh oxygen through your entire bloodstream. In fact, with only a few exceptions, your lungs are likely to stay healthy throughout your lifetime as long as you take some simple steps to protect them.
This isn’t to say that lung disease isn’t a real or popular threat in the United States. In fact, chronic repository conditions like obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer. The American Lung Association (ALA) estimates that more than 11 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and millions more likely have the condition but are unaware of it.