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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

COPD

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

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

  • What are the symptoms of COPD? icon plus

    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.

  • How is COPD diagnosed? icon plus

    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.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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 respiratory consultants

We're proud to work with leading respiratory experts specialising in problems with the lungs and respiratory system, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
Consultant with patient

Our locations

From complex thoracic surgery to straightforward respiratory tests and procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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