Did you know COPD, chronic pulmonary disease, is now the third leading cause of death in the United States? More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with it, but experts fear the actual number of people living with COPD may be far greater. There is no cure for the disease and the number of cases keep rising.
Marcia Katz, M.D., is a pulmonary and critical care physician and the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and a professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She is also a nationally recognized expert on lung diseases, including asthma, cystic fibrosis and COPD.
Dr. Katz joins Growing Bolder to discuss the alarming rise of COPD and offers tips for avoiding it. Learn the symptoms and some surprising details on the disease, including the fact that women are more vulnerable to it than men.