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Risk Factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Risk Factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A person can get COPD with or without the ones listed below. The chances of getting COPD are greater in people who have many.

Things that can raise the risk are:


  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). American Lung Association website. Available at: https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd. Accessed April 21, 2022.
  • COPD. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/copd. Accessed April 21, 2022.
  • What is COPD? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/copd. Accessed April 21, 2022.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.