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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

It includes:

  • emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs 
  • chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways

Patients with COPD are reviewed on an annual basis by a nurse. It is absolutely essential that a person stops smoking with this condition. We do run smoking cessation clinics at the practice.

The following is a selection of YouTube clips explaining the condition further. The clips on Inhalers, Breathlessness, Exercises at home to help and Chest clearance have been produced by CPFT Community Respiratory Nurses.

What is COPD
How to use the Inhalers
Exercises at home to help
Chest Clearance