Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive long‐term lung disease that involves inflammation and thickening of the airways.¹ Over time the disease makes it more difficult to breathe because the airways are obstructed, restricting the flow of air in and out of the lungs.¹
When this happens less oxygen reaches the blood, and it becomes harder to get rid of the waste gas carbon dioxide.¹
COPD is made up of two chronic conditions: chronic bronchitis which is a persistent cough with mucus, and emphysema which is characterised by the destruction of lung tissue.¹
Causes of COPD
The main cause of COPD is tobacco smoking, with smokers at a higher risk of respiratory problems and mortality.
COPD diagnosis & treatment
Your doctor will diagnose COPD based on your symptoms and medical history.