Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease.

People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways - this is called airflow obstruction.

Typical symptoms of COPD include:

  • Increasing breathlessness when active
  • A persistent cough with phlegm
  • Frequent chest infections

You can get more information on COPD from the NHS Choices website.

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