COPD: Risk Factors

Exposure to tobacco smoke, people with asthma who smoke, occupational exposure (dust and chemicals), exposure to fumes, age, and genetics are some of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) risk factors.

Dr. Raul Valor, Pulmonologist with Baptist Health South Florida, says patients that come from Central and South America, where they used firewood for cooking or heating their homes are at high risk, because firewood is considered a biomass fuel and the exposure to that smoke will cause COPD.

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