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Is obstructive lung disease serious?

Obstructive lung disease is a serious illness. It can cause long-term health complications and permanent damage to the lungs. Obstructive lung disease is a leading cause of disability. It is life-threatening and more than 120,000 Americans die each year from the disease, which has no cure.

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What increases my risk for obstructive lung disease?
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Smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk for obstructive lung disease. Exposure to secon...
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How do I care for someone with obstructive lung disease?
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When caring for someone with obstructive lung disease, remember to offer both emotional and physical...
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Who is most at risk for obstructive lung disease?
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Since smoking cigarettes is the main factor in the development of obstructive lung disease, smokers ...
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When does obstructive lung disease begin to develop?
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Obstructive lung disease usually begins developing in the mid 40s. The first symptom is usually mild...
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