Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
What Is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of disorders that cause obstruction of airflow in the breathing tubes or airways of the lungs. When the condition occurs it is chronic (long term) in nature, and therefore the airflow obstruction is usually permanent or ‘irreversible’.
These conditions commonly include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic asthma. People with COPD are prone to severe episodes of shortness of breath, with fits of coughing. If you have COPD, the good news is that there are steps you can take to control the symptoms of COPD and slow down the ongoing damage to your lungs.
Click below to access the Canberra Hospital & Health Services COPD Patient Information Booklet: