What is COPD and How Is It Treated?

COPD is an acronym that stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD may affect as many as 16 million people in the United States today. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COPD is actually an umbrella term for a group of related diseases. Because of this, the process of detecting, diagnosing and treating COPD necessarily looks different for each patient.