New NIH data show gains in COPD aware – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. The number of Americans who report being aware of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD has increased.
Kiley: And you may have heard of this disease in the past as either emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley is with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Kiley: COPD combine these diseases under one heading.
Narrator: COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with it. But another 12 million may have COPD and not realize it. Experts say those who have a recurrent cough or shortness of breath should have their lungs tested. Learn more at www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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