Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breath is life and if it ever becomes harder to do so – we need to act – fast. What is COPD? The NHS says that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the term for a set of lung conditions which cause breathing difficulties. Are there types of COPD? The actual condition types include emphysema (which is the name for damage to the air sacs within the lungs) and chronic bronchitis (which is the long-term inflammation of the airways).

You are more likely to get COPD if you are a middle-aged or older adult who is a smoker. You may not realise you have this common condition, which gets gradually worse over time. Is COPD curable? COPD cannot be cured or reversed. Know that treatments can help manage symptoms more effectively once diagnosis has been determined.

If you think COPD is a concern for you; learn to look after your lungs by booking an appointment with Pall Mall, today. We can offer the tests, scans and diagnostics you may need to determine how well you breathe now and how well we can help you breathe into the future.

Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD – main signs and symptoms include:

  • Breathlessness – especially during activity
  • Frequent chest infections
  • Phlegmy cough – a chesty cough, not to be confused or dismissed as ‘smoker’s cough’
  • Persistent wheezing

COPD is said to be progressive but people affected can also suffer from periods of intense symptoms known as a flare-up or an exacerbation of COPD. These flare-ups can occur a few times annually and are especially common during the winter season.

COPD – other less common signs and symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen ankles due to fluid build-up (this is called oedema)
  • Chest pain and coughing up blood (but these signs could also indicate a chest infection or even lung cancer)

Note that these additional symptoms only tend to occur when COPD has reached an advanced stage.

What causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease? (COPD)

COPD – meaning the condition you get when the lining of your lungs plus your airways become impaired and sore, usually over a period of time, affecting your ability to breathe with your usual, natural ease. COPD is usually linked to the long-term exposure to things like cigarette smoke (most commonly) but also to other irritants present in the air, such as dust and chemical fumes.

Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  (COPD)

Take the time to feel how well you can currently breathe in and breathe out. If you feel it is the right decision for you, contact us so we can help you to look after your lungs. Why not take a moment to consider if you can stop smoking – for good – if you are a smoker.

At Pall Mall, we offer a full suite of tests, scans and diagnostics for lung function to help you breathe more easily as you begin to take control of your COPD management.

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