COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Symptoms of COPD include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD.

Many people do not even notice the symptoms of COPD in its early stages, and some mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging. COPD affects approximately 24 million people in the US, although half do not know they have it.


It is important to talk to a doctor as soon as you notice any of the symptoms of COPD. Early screening is important. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call FoundCare’s Health Center today at 561-HEALTHY (561-432-5849) to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.