COPD is a long term lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. You may also have heard COPD called other names, like emphysema or chronic bronchitis. In people who have COPD, the airways, tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs, are partially blocked, which makes it hard to get air in and out.
When COPD is severe, shortness of breath and other symptoms of COPD can get in the way of even the most basic tasks, such as doing light housework, taking a walk, even washing and dressing.
We like to see all our patients who have been diagnosed with COPD at least yearly. Depending on the severity of your diagnosis we may invite you to come to the clinic more often in order to ensure we give you the care you require.
Some patients with severe COPD may be invited twice yearly to perform the basic Spirometry test. This will enable the doctor / nurse to review your medication and advise you of the best possible choices.
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