World COPD Day
21 November 2018 MedicAlert
Today is World COPD day, a chronic disease where your lung's airways become narrowed making it more and more difficult to breathe. Some examples of this disease include:
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Refractory (non-reversible) Asthma 

A study in 2012 has estimated that 1.2 million people in the UK have COPD, making it the second most common lung disease, behind asthma. 

The majority of affected are people over the age of forty who have a history of smoking, one of the primary causes of the disease. Other contributors to this disease is long-term exposure to harmful fumes, dust, toxic waste and air pollution; all of which will damage the lungs when frequently inhaled.

The symptoms for COPD include:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Frequent coughing (with and without mucus)
  • Increased breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Frequent chest infections

To raise awareness of this progressive disease, The British Lung Foundation have created a 5 minute 'Breath Test' for everyone to take part in.
If you suffer from some of the symptoms, or are worried you may have COPD, this test will help to suggest whether you should be concerned and see a doctor. To take the test, simply click on the button below.

Take the test button

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