Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease of the lungs that typically affects smokers. It is a major cause of disability, and is considered the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Over 12 million patients are currently diagnosed with COPD. An additional 12 million are at high risk for getting COPD, likely have the disease, yet don’t even know it.
In this podcast, Dr. George Su discusses some of the basics of COPD: what it is, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.
Dr. Su is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital where he serves as the medical director of the Healthy San Francisco Asthma and COPD Program. Dr. Su is also a current board member of Breathe California.