Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD:
Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus.
Emphysema, is a destructive condition of the lungs over time which causes cavities (bullae) to form in the lungs.
Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.
Please stop smoking as this reduces the rate of progression !
What symptoms do you have ?
If your MRC score is 3 or more you will be offered pulmonary rehabilitation –
Pulmonary Rehabilitation – more information
see inhaler technique – click here
Other lung disease
In the UK, the british thoracic association is a reputable body that gives advice to professionals such as GPs and nurses. They also provide information and links not just to asthma and copd issues but to a whole range of lung conditions including occupational exposure,cancer Please click on this link
Other Useful Links
Guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks of COPD from the NHS
This factsheet is for people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or who would like information about it.
British Lung Foundation
Information and guidance on living with COPD
Videos of Inhaler techniques by our clinical commissioning group