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COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions where it’s difficult to breathe air out of the lungs.

Find out what COPD is, what the symptoms are, and how it’s diagnosed and treated. We also have information on managing and treating COPD flare-ups (exacerbations).

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More people have COPD in the north of the UK than the south

Statistics about COPD

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The number of people being diagnosed with COPD is falling

Statistics about COPD


The less well-off you are, the more likely you are to get COPD

Statistics about COPD


Nearly 40% of calls to our helpline are about COPD

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