Why should I listen to my lungs?

Listen to your lungs is our campaign encouraging you not to ignore getting out of breath.

Lung disease affects 1 in 5 people in the UK. Our online breath test asks 10 easy questions, and gives you personalised advice on how to look after your lungs.

What is the campaign about?

We all feel short of breath from time to time. That’s healthy and normal. But sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious.

If you get out of breath doing everyday activities, this campaign is for you.

We want to help you decide if it’s worth speaking to someone about it.

Why is it important?

We want to make sure you're getting the support you need.

There are lots of things you can do to look after your lungs, even if you don't need to get them checked out.

If getting out of breath is a sign of something more serious, you'll recover better if you get treatment sooner. And as well as treating the causes, there are lots of ways you can take control, and get the most out of life.

Sometimes people don't tell their doctor or nurse about feeling out of breath because they don’t realise there is help available, or they feel responsible.

What is the breath test?

Our online breath test asks 10 easy questions to find out if you should see a doctor.

It uses the Medical Research Council breathlessness score to find out how you’re doing. This is the scale most commonly used by GPs and specialists to measure breathlessness.

It works well because it finds out what your breathlessness stops you from doing.

At the end, you’ll get a short report with personalised advice on how to look after your lungs. This might suggest you speak to a health care professional, or it might give you tips on how to keep fit and healthy.

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Is it easy to use?

We asked people who have taken the breath test a few questions.

96% of people who responded said that it was easy to use, and 96% said they would recommend it to friends and family.

And 65% said they have taken action after taking the breath test – either seeing their GP or making lifestyle changes.

Can I trust it?

Like all our health information and tools, we worked with experts to develop our breath test.

It’s been produced under the requirements of the Information Standard. This means we’ve ensured it uses the latest scientific evidence, is easy to use, and has been produced with the help of people affected by lung conditions.

Find out how we produce our information

Our breath test can’t give you a diagnosis. Instead, you should use the results to have a conversation with your doctor or nurse, if required.

How can I get involved?

Lung disease affects 1 in 5 people in the UK. That means you probably know people whose lives could be changed by taking our breath test.

Do you know somebody who might benefit from taking the test? You could put up a poster, or share information about the listen to your lungs campaign online.

Or if you’ve already taken the test, you could tell your story and inspire others to do the same.

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How can I find out more about breathlessness?

You can read our information about breathlessness . It explains what it is, what causes it, how it’s diagnosed and how to manage it. Alternatively, you could order this information as a booklet.

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our helpline.