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Women Suffer More Severe COPD Symptoms than Men, Study Says

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects millions of American men and women. But a recent study suggests that women, especially younger ones, are particularly vulnerable to severe COPD symptoms.

The research was published on October 1, 2018, in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease “She suggests that we need to look more closely at women who have shortness of breath and cough to see if they should have a diagnosis and treatment for COPD,” he says. Dawn DeMeo, MD, MPHlead author of the study and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The researchers in the new study are part of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease studya multicenter research effort investigating genetic factors in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Millions, not just smokers, are living with COPD

COPD is an umbrella term for lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult. Like asthma, COPD is caused by obstructive pulmonary disease, in which the flow through the airways and alveoli decreases with exhalation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)nearly 16 million Americans have reported being diagnosed with COPD, although the actual number of people affected may be much higher.

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