Keeping well with COPD
This World COPD Day, our medical director Nick is running a webinar. It's for anyone interested in finding out more about COPD, breathlessness and how best to look after yourself and manage your condition.
Have you just been diagnosed with COPD? Do you know someone who has? Or are you just interested in knowing more about what COPD is?
Nick Hopkinson, our medical director, is kicking off a series of webinars focusing on a variety of lung conditions. First, he's talking about COPD.
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:
- chronic as it’s a long-term condition and does not go away
- obstructive as your airways are narrowed, so it’s harder to breathe out quickly and air gets trapped in your chest
- pulmonary because it affects your lungs
- disease because it’s a medical condition
Life with COPD can be difficult, and everyday tasks can be challenging. But there’s lots you can do to help manage your condition yourself. Knowing all you can about your condition, your symptoms, your medications and how to cope with flare-ups and managing breathlessness will make your day-to-day life easier.
Nick will be going through a variety of questions during his webinar, including:
- What is COPD?
- What causes breathlessness with COPD?
- How do you manage breathlessness with COPD?
- What is COPD self-management?
- How do you manage flare-ups (exacerbations)?
- What are the 5 fundamentals of COPD care?
Did you miss the webinar?
We'll have a link for you to watch Nick's webinar from World COPD Day up soon!
We also have our online guide to COPD if you would like to read more now:
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with COPD for some time, we have plenty of resources available to help you manage your condition:
- check you’re getting the care you’re entitled to by taking our COPD patient passport
- keep active at home with our online exercise videos and exercise handbook
- understand breathlessness and ways you can manage it at home
- take a look at our COPD guide to help you understand your condition.