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
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Ben is climbing the equivalent of 100 mountains at home over the next year. Starting in Portugal and ending with Mount Everest, he isn’t letting COVID-19 stop him from climbing!
Sing and dance around your house this winter
Ruth is a physiotherapist. Over the years she’s worked with many people with lung conditions and has raised money for the British Lung Foundation by running marathons! Read her guide to looking after yourself and staying active this winter.
- View, download and order our collection of COPD leaflets, booklets and other resources.
- This information was reviewed in June 2018. The next review date is June 2021.
- If you’d like to give feedback or see our references get in touch.
We want to hear about your experiences of living with COPD. Your answers will help us make sure everyone with COPD gets the care they're entitled to - and help us fight to improve care for you.