Understanding the Respiratory System
You've probably heard the old saying, "Knowledge is power." This is never more true than when dealing with a new diagnosis of COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and commonly referred to as emphysema. When you understand the ins and outs of your disease (or your loved one's disease) and how it affects your body, then you will be better equipped to deal with it in an optimal manner.
So, in my role as a health educator, I'll be covering some of the basics about COPD in my posts here at COPD.net. Think of it as COPD 101. This will supplement the general information you'll already find throughout the site.
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