Harvard Health Letter
Are you at risk for COPD?
If you have a hacking cough and breathlessness, don’t chalk it up to aging. Maybe you never smoked, or you stopped decades ago. But you may still be at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). That’s the umbrella term for a number of lung diseases that sometimes lead to disability and even death. “While about 80% of COPD cases are related to having smoked, 20% are not,” says Dr. Bartolome Celli,