COPD Explained in Spanish

Welcome to our first audio lesson covering Spanish for COPD.  In this lesson, you will hear the diagnosis of COPD explained in Spanish.


Table of Contents

Chest x-ray - Spanish for COPDTimestamps are provided at so that you can jump from section to section as you listen.

We have covered respiratory symptoms, smoking history, and inhaler use in prior lessons.

Therefore, in this series covering Spanish for COPD, we will focus on patient education. In this first audio lesson of the series, you will hear COPD explained in Spanish and how it differs from Asthma. In the upcoming audio lessons, the doctor will discuss the causes of COPD, the importance of smoking cessation, pulmonary function tests, oxygen monitoring, screening for lung cancer, oxygen therapy, and pulmonary rehabilitation.

!Gracias a Mis Colaboradores!

Dr. Yaron Goldman a pulmonologist and member at shared what he felt was essential information during a clinic visit for a patient with a new diagnosis of COPD. Muchísimas gracias al doctor Goldman por su colaboración.

I would also like to thank Ángel Bahena a Spanish language teacher from Mexico who just completed his training as an ICU nurse.  Angel provides one on one lessons over Skype. You can email Ángel to find out more.

Summary of the Clinical Dialogue


The doctor explains how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can lead to two types of problems, chronic bronchitis, which leads to a persistent cough, and emphysema, which makes it difficult to breathe and get enough oxygen. He explains that the patient suffers from a combination of these two problems. As is often the case, the patient was previously diagnosed with asthma and assumes that is what she has.  The doctor then goes on to explain the difference between Asthma and COPD.

As you listen….

…try to pick out the Spanish words for:

  • COPD
  • Airways
  • Wheezing
  • Oxygen

There will be a brief quiz at the end. 😉

COPD Explained in Spanish

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Vocabulary Quiz


(la) EPOC

(la) enfermedad obstructiva pulmonar crónica
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

(las) vías respiratorias

(las) sibilancias

un silbido que se oye al respirar
a whistle heard when you breathe

(el) oxígeno

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