What is COPD?
COPD is a disease of the lungs that is characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing. 1 Long-term exposure to lung irritants that damage the lungs and the airways—such as cigarette smoke, second hand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes or dust from the environment or the workplace—can all contribute to COPD. Most people who have COPD are at least 40 years old when symptoms begin, however, they mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging.2
Commitment to respiratory disease
GSK has a long heritage in research and innovation around respiratory disease. Over the past 45 years, we have been committed to developing treatments that help patients worldwide who suffer from breathing-related illnesses, furthering the science and awareness of respiratory disease. To do this, it takes great understanding of the disease itself and how patients manage their own health.
COPD can be very difficult for patients to manage and each patient’s experience with the disease is different. That is why we think it is critical to understand the daily challenges that Sean, and others like him, face as we work to improve care for patients with COPD and other respiratory diseases. It is not easy, but together we can help those with COPD do more, feel better and live longer.
1 2009 Chart Book on Cardiovascular, Lung and Blood Diseases, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Breast Cancer Statistics: Top 10 Causes of Death for Women in the United States, 2005. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics.
3 Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet; 2015. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60692-4.
4 National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Who is at risk for COPD? Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/atrisk.html.