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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Appointments & Referrals: 855-355-5864



What is COPD?

COPD is a group of conditions that blocks airflow and makes normal breathing difficult. 

5 facts about COPD:

  1. It is the third leading cause of death in the nation.
  2. Two of the most common COPD conditions are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  3. 12 million Americans currently have COPD, and approximately 12 million are undiagnosed.
  4. COPD typically occurs in people age 40 or older.
  5. Nine out of 10 COPD-related deaths are due to smoking.

The experts at UC San Diego Health are committed to improving the quality of life of those living with COPD through a wide range of diagnosis and treatment options. In addition to high-level care, our team continues to pave the way for the development of better COPD therapy and treatments through extensive clinical studies.

Schedule an appointment by phone 855-355-5864, or online by logging in to MyUCSDChart.

The A-Zs on COPD

COPD gets worse over time if left untreated. Learn more about this progressive disease and how you can prevent and treat symptoms.

Symptoms and Causes

Diagnosing COPD

Treating COPD

Disease Complications

Patient Education

Did You Know?

Nearly 80% of patients with a lung disease do not use their inhaler correctly. Learn about the patient education tools currently offered at UC San Diego Health for people living with a respiratory condition.

Smoking Cessation

Whether you're ready to quit or just thinking about it, the smoking cessation program at UC San Diego can help. Learn more about smoking cessation or call 1-800-NO-BUTTS

Appointments & Referrals


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