Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, makes breathing difficult for the 16 million Americans who have this disease. Millions more people suffer from COPD but haven’t been diagnosed and aren’t being treated. Although there is no cure for COPD, it can be managed.

Watch this informative animation that explains what COPD is and how it affects people who suffer from it.
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What can I do?

Here are a few things you can do to start managing your condition.

Using a Metered-dose Inhaler

Watch a video to follow along with the correct way to use your metered-dose inhaler.

My COPD Action Plan [PDF]

Stay on track with an action plan. Keep track of your care team, medication, and your progress to achieve your health goals.

COPD Vaccination Information

Vaccine Information for Adults Talk to your doctor about getting your vaccinations up-to-date.

What resources can I use?

Eat healthy and stay active with these resources.

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Healthy Shopping List [PDF]
Use this shopping list to help you make healthy choices.

Eating healthy

Resources to help you manage your health condition.

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Quick Tips for Your Next Doctor Appointment [PDF]
HMSA doctor appointment tracker and quick tips

Tips to Manage COPD

  • COPD Learn More, Breathe Better

    For people living with COPD, this publication provides up-to-date information on taking action to breathe better, manage symptoms, and get appropriate treatment.

More resources to help you on your journey.

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Health Education Workshops
Attend workshops on a variety of well-being topics, such as nutrition, physical activity and exercise, stress management, and more.

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The ChooseHealthy program
HMSA has teamed up with the ChooseHealthy® program, which offers you access to an online library of health resources, discounts, and more.