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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of lung conditions (diseases) that make it difficult to empty the air out of the lungs. This difficulty can lead to shortness of breath (also called breathlessness) or the feeling of being tired.

COPD is a term that is used to describe chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of these two conditions.
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  • Breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Production of sputum (phlegm)
  • Tiredness (especially with activity)
Contact your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms

TRICARE covers the tests necessary to diagnose COPD.

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