When human beings are exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution, the harmful effects are seen mostly in the lungs, although the heart, brain, blood vessels and other organs are also affected to some degree. Yet, the damage from air pollution goes way beyond human beings and other living organisms. Its detrimental effects on the environment are many, as it contributes to global warming and other serious, environmental problems.
Why are we talking about air pollution? Because poor air quality is not only a risk factor for COPD, but if you already have the disease, it can increase your risk for COPD exacerbation, a condition that is characterized by a worsening of COPD symptoms, increasing your risk of hospitalization and death.
To learn more about air pollution and COPD and to find out how you can improve your indoor air as well as decrease your exposure to outdoor air pollution, read: