Frequently asked
questions about COPD

If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, then you are sure to have many questions about the disease, the treatments available and how it might affect your life.

Below you will find the answers to many of the commonly asked questions about COPD.

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Patient stories

 

Discover how you can get your questions on COPD answered so that you can  confidently manage your COPD by maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle – read how people at every stage of the disease have used different therapies and techniques to manage their COPD.

 

Take a look at our patient stories

References

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http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/tc/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-overview
Accessed on 4 August 2015

2. Web MD. 10 FAQs About Living With COPDWhat is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/10-faqs-about-living-with-copd#2
Accessed on 5 August 2015

3. Healthline. Six signs of COPD.
http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/copd-symptoms#9
Accessed on 24 June 2015.

4. European Lung Foundation. Lung Factsheet: Living well with COPD. 
www.european-lung-foundation.org
Accessed on 19 June 2015.

5. medicinenet.com. Chronic Bronchitis
http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_bronchitis/page3.htm
Accessed on 5 August 2015.

6. Healthline. COPD and You: Managing Your Symptoms.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/and-you-symptom-management#1 
Accessed on 10 July 2015.

7. COPD Foundation:
http://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Understanding-COPD/What-is-COPD.aspx#sthash.PjPozNK3.dpuf
Accessed on 23 June 2015.

8. bettersleepandbreathing.com. Exercise and COPD: A Good Combination.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/80221781144/exercise-and-copd-a-good-combination 
Accessed on 20 May 2015.

9. bettersleepandbreathing.com. Eating to Breathe Better.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/81409498485/eating-to-breathe-better 
Accessed on 20 May 2015.

10. American Lung Association. Instructions for COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN. http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/ala-copd-management-plan.pdf
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

 

11. COPD Foundation. Staying Healthy and Avoiding Exacerbations.
http://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Living-with-COPD/Staying-Healthy-and-Avoiding-Exacerbations.aspx 
Accessed on 3 August 2015.

12. bettersleepandbreathing.com. Minimizing COPD Flareups.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/78457078071/minimizing-copd-flareups
Accessed on 3rd August 2015.

13. Healthline. COPD: Symptoms and Stages.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/stages#Overview1 
Access on 6 June 2015.

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http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/tc/copd-handling-a-flare-up-topic-overview
Accessed on 5 August 2015.

15. American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
http://www.copdfoundation.org/Portals/0/Files/pdfs/AACVPR-FactSheet.pdf
Accessed on 6 June 2015.