If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you should check regularly that you’re getting the right treatment.
What COPD is
COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.
Who it affects
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people do not realise they have it.