Yesterday I met with Asthma + Lung UK to mark World COPD Day.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung conditions which make it more difficult to breath air from the lungs due to a permanent narrowing of the airways and destruction of lung tissue. Smoking is the main cause of COPD.
In North Ayrshire, 110 people died from COPD in 2021, highlighting the importance of Asthma and Lung UK’s research to ensure patients receive the best care.
Symptoms of COPD can include breathlessness, a chesty cough and chest infections.
With almost 30% of people with COPD in Scotland saying they were unable to recognise the symptoms, it is essential to make an appointment with your GP to ensure a timely diagnosis.
Pictured with me is Gareth Brown, Public Affairs Officer for Scotland.