Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

COPD


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term to describe lung conditions that cause breathing problems

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What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term to describe lung conditions caused by breathing problems. The most well-known ones are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is more common in middle-aged people, as well as in those who smoke. If you have COPD, we can help you to manage it and treat your symptoms.

Need to know

Generally speaking, the common symptoms include:

  • a persistent chesty cough with phlegm
  • frequent chest infections
  • breathlessness
  • wheezing

If left untreated, your symptoms can get progressively worse, so it's a good idea get them checked out.

Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. They may also arrange a spirometry test to find out how well your lungs are working. They may also recommend other tests, like an X-ray or blood test.

Your consultant will explain your treatment options to you. These might include:

  • lifestyle advice, such as stopping smoking
  • inhalers and medication to help make breathing easier
  • arranging pulmonary rehabilitation, a programme of exercise and education
  • surgery or a lung transplant (depending on the nature of your symptoms)

Our Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
Lung Nodule Clinic

Lung Nodule Clinic

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.