COPD

Your COPD Guide

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease characterised by obstruction of airflow that cannot be fully reversed with inhaler medications, called bronchodilators. The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness and persistent cough with sputum production. As the condition worsens, even daily activities such as walking up a short flight of stairs or the exertion of washing or dressing become difficult. This collection of diseases includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The importance of COPD as a global health problem cannot be overstated.