The true face of the second leading cause of death

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are the second leading cause of death according to the WHO. [Realstock/Shutterstock]

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that results in changes in several different parts of the respiratory system and lungs at the same time.

COPD affects 1 to 4% of all European adults and costs the EU €50 billion every year. Follow our Special Report to learn more about the disease.