Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
COPD develops slowly, so it may take years before you see one of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity
- Continuous cough, especially if there is a lot of mucus or phlegm
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. If you would like to quit smoking, please call the PA Quit Line @ 1-877-724-1090. Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help you quit.
If you are a member with COPD, call the Keystone First care management department to sign up for the program. The number is 1-800-573-4100. We want to help you live a healthy life. Call to speak to a care manager today.