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Overview: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is known as COPD, is a chronic, debilitating disease that is treatable and manageable. In this interview with Bill Seiler, Dr. E. James Britt, a pulmonologist and associate director of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses the symptoms of COPD, how it is diagnosed and what new treatments are on the horizon. And Dr. Britt, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, describes the role of structured rehabilitation and exercise in increasing the strength and endurance of a person with COPD, as well as improving their quality of life.
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