COPD is a progressive respiratory disease that makes it harder to breathe over time. The term COPD actually includes 2 different respiratory conditions: chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
Bronchitis is a swelling of the airways. It typically causes a phlegmy cough and wheezing, and can make it hard to breathe.
Emphysema involves damage to the air sacs in the lungs. It can cause shortness of breath and a tight feeling in the chest.
To determine whether you have COPD, your doctor may perform a test called spirometry that measures how much air your lungs can hold and how forcefully you can breathe out.
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The primary cause of COPD is prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the lungs. At first the disease may show only mild symptoms, but as it progresses symptoms usually get worse. The following are known causes and common symptoms of COPD.
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*BROVANA was evaluated in 2 clinical studies with 1456 adults with COPD.