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People who died from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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  • Barbara Joan Woodruff (1933 - 1998)
    Death Certificate
  • Charles Tillman (1915 - c.1998)
    Charles Tillman was a twin to Hilma Tillman. Both born 1915
  • Ben-Hur Villanueva (1938 - 2020)
    , painter, educator and lecturer, Ben-Hur Villanueva regularly expresses his artistic flair and creative passion at art exhibitions in Baguio City and Manila. His artistry was also brought to New York,...
  • Liberty Ilagan (1943 - 2020)
    Liberty Vallejo Ilagan-Lardizabal (July 6, 1943-March 17, 2020), more known as Liberty Ilagan , was a Filipina actress under Sampaguita Pictures. She is known for Alipin ng busabos (1968), Brownout (19...
  • Philip Gail Blair (1924 - 1984)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD), and chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), among others, is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow. It typically worsens over time. The main symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, and sputum production. Most people with chronic bronchitis have COPD.

Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of COPD, with a number of other factors such as air pollution and genetics playing a smaller role. In the developing world, one of the common sources of air pollution is from poorly vented cooking and heating fires. Long-term exposure to these irritants causes an inflammatory response in the lungs resulting in narrowing of the small airways and breakdown of lung tissue known as emphysema. The diagnosis is based on poor airflow as measured by lung function tests. In contrast to asthma, the airflow reduction does not improve significantly with the administration of medication.

COPD can be prevented by reducing exposure to the known causes. This includes efforts to decrease rates of smoking and to improve indoor and outdoor air quality. COPD treatments include quitting smoking, vaccinations, rehabilitation, and often inhaled bronchodilators and steroids. Some people may benefit from long-term oxygen therapy or lung transplantation. In those who have periods of acute worsening, increased use of medications and hospitalization may be needed.

Worldwide, COPD affects 329 million people or nearly 5% of the population. In 2013, it resulted in 2.9 million deaths up from 2.4 million deaths in 1990. The number of deaths is projected to increase due to higher smoking rates and an aging population in many countries. It resulted in an estimated economic cost of $2.1 trillion in 2010. In the United States, 6.4 percent of people have a COPD diagnosis.

Notables who died from COPD:

  1. Ranker - Famous People Who Died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (11 people listed)
  2. Lung Institute - Are There Any Celebrities with COPD? (7 publicly announced they have/had COPD)

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