- Patients and Carers
- Introduction to BOC Healthcare
- BOC Clinical Services Areas
- Newly Diagnosed
- About your condition
- Caring for someone with a lung condition
- Stopping Smoking
- Advice and Support
- What is happening in your area?
COPD is an umbrella term consisting of emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic severe asthma. It is a progressive disease that cannot be cured but can be slowed down by stopping smoking and undertaking pulmonary rehabilitation where appropriate. However, it can be managed with treatment and support. In COPD the airways are narrowed causing symptoms of breathlessness, persistent cough and frequent chest infections.
COPD is mainly caused by tobacco smoking with a small group being related to industrial exposures and an even smaller group having hereditary COPD, (alpha1 anti-trypsin deficiency)
It is normally diagnosed by taking a full history followed by lung function testing (spirometry) as well as CT scans of the lungs.
Treatment for COPD includes:-
- Inhaler therapy
- Steroids and antibiotics (for acute exacerbations)
- In some cases smoking cessation
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
The British Lung Founcation have developed a 10 point COPD patient passport. Patients can follow the link and complete their own COPD passport to find out whether they are receiving the care they are entitled to.