Q: My doctor said I should quit smoking before he performs my surgery. Why is this so important?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, and another 12 million likely have the disease and don’t even know it yet, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
There are four things everyone needs to know about COPD:
1. Be aware of the risk factors.
You could be at risk for COPD if you-