If you've just been diagnosed with COPD, our quick overview will help you find out what you can do to live well and manage your condition.
What is COPD?
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a long-term condition. But you can do things to help yourself.
Chronic = it is long term and does not go away
Obstructive = it makes it harder for you to breathe out
Pulmonary = it affects your lungs
Disease = it is a problem to be taken seriously
Am I getting the right care?
Complete your COPD passport to check you’re getting the care you’re entitled to.
All you need to do:
1. Choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to statements about your care
2. At the end, you’ll get your personalised passport
3. Discuss this with your doctor or nurse
What can I do to help my COPD?
Where to get help and support
Read about people like you, living with COPD
COPD changed my future, so I want to change the future of COPD
Carol loved working as a nurse, but when she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) she had to retire early. Since then, she’s committed to helping improve the lives of people with lung conditions. She hopes her knowledge and experience will help make a difference in lung health research.
We set up a Breath of Life Fund to honour our grandad
Neeshma lost her grandad to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2018. In his memory, her and her family set up a Breath of Life Fund.
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- This information was reviewed in June 2018. The next review date is June 2021.
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