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HHS HealthBeat (February 11, 2011)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease means the air sacs in your lungs don’t expand and contract properly when you breathe in or out. There is no cure, although if you have COPD, the symptoms can be treated.

So the best thing for COPD is to not get it. And at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Letitia Presley-Cantrell offers some advice on that:

``To help prevent COPD, avoid tobacco use, inhaling tobacco smoke, home and workplace air pollutants, and respiratory infections.’’ (9 seconds)

Most people who are at risk for COPD don’t know the symptoms. These include constant coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, excess mucus or phlegm, and a feeling like you can’t breathe deeply – or even breathe.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011