Drive 4 the Cure
For every vehicle sold, Massey Yardley will make a donation to the COPD research foundation to help find a cure for COPD.
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a group of progressive lung diseases. The most common are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Many people with COPD have both of these conditions.
Emphysema slowly destroys air sacs in your lungs, which interferes with outward air flow. Bronchitis causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, which allows mucus to build up.
COPD makes it harder to breathe, Symptoms may be mild at first, beginning with coughing and shortness of breath, As it progresses, it can become increasingly difficult to breathe.
You may experience wheezing and tightness in the chest. Some people with COPD have exacerbations, or flare-ups of severe symptoms.
The top cause of COPD is smoking. Long-term exposure to chemical irritants can also lead to COPD. It's a disease that takes a long time to develop.
Diagnosis usually involves imaging tests, blood test, and lung function tests.
There's no cure for COPD, but treatment can help ease symptoms, lower the chance of complications, and generally improve quality of life. Medications, oxygen therapy, and surgery are some forms of treatment.
Untreated, COPD can lead to heart problems and worsening respiratory infections.
About 25 million people in the United States have COPD. As many as half are unaware that they have it.
Join Massey Yardley in the fight against COPD!