COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Introduction
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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