Feb 27, 2012
In this video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—NHLBI grantee Dr. Edwin Silverman talks about a clinical trial called COPDGene. This study is exploring whether certain genetic factors make some people who smoke more likely to develop COPD than others.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease that causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. COPD is a major cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States.
More than 10,000 volunteers from across the country are taking part in COPDGene. The results of this research may lead to a better understanding of COPD and improve how the disease is diagnosed and treated.