Introduction to COPD
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Health - Key facts about COPD including a diagram of healthy and diseased lungs.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - How to prevent COPD before it starts, as well as preventing its complications and slowing its progress.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - A list of symptoms including severe symptoms, requiring contact with your doctor.
Annotation:National Jewish Health - Early warning signs, when to call your health care provider, and what can make symptoms worse.
Annotation:American Association for Respiratory Care - A comparison of COPD and Asthma.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic Staff - A concise but comprehensive view of the disease, including tests for diagnosis, and questions for doctor’s appointments.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - A diagram with explanation of the structures comprising the respiratory system. The following section “What happens when you breathe” has an animation showing the process of respiration.
Annotation:National Emphysema Foundation and Dr. Tom Petty - A diagram of a normal organ with useful information on the role the lungs play in your life, the simple test you can take at home, and a plea to combat smoking.
Annotation:Medline Plus - Overview with links to articles, and videos on specific aspects of the disease.
Annotation:National Emphysema Foundation - Extensive information on COPD, including diagnostic testing, using your inhaler correctly, and things to remember during self-management.
Annotation:American Thoracic Society - Comprehensive document on the disease, how to test for it, how to treat it, and how to plan for the future. Based on the guideline for health care professionals.
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