Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The main symptom of COPD is an inability to breathe in and out properly. This is also referred to as airflow obstruction. 

What is COPD? 

Useful Links 

Guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks of COPD from the NHS 

COPD Factsheet 
This factsheet is for people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or who would like information about it. 

British Lung Foundation 
Information and guidance on living with COPD