Living with COPD

Living with COPD


Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Videos

Click here to see videos demonstrate how pulmonary
rehabilitation can benefit patients with COPD.


If you have difficulty breathing or a cough with mucus (phlegm) that won't go away; if you feel tired and less able to lead the active life you enjoy – you could have a disease called COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

  • Chronic - means it won’t go away
  • Obstructive - means partly blocked
  • Pulmonary - means in the lungs
  • Disease – means sickness

COPD is a common condition that affects more than 380,000 people in Ireland, so you are not alone.

This website is designed for patients and their families who want to learn more about Living with COPD – what it is, how it is diagnosed and treated, available supports and simple steps that will ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

New Educational leaflets to download

1. What is COPD? An information leaflet on COPD for people who are newly diagnosed. Click here

2. Lifestlye tips for living with COPD. A practical guide on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Click here

3. Exercise Your Lungs. Daily breathing exercises to help clear the lungs. Click here

Women’s Mini Marathon 1st June 2015

Join our runners and walkers and help raise awareness of COPD.

Contact us for more details

Or please donate.


On Tuesday 21st April at 7pm

Strand Hotel Limerick

Starting a new support group for Limerick. More information here


Are you at risk from COPD?

If you answer yes to four or more of these questions you should visit your doctor and ask to be tested for COPD. Click here

Quit Campaign

The Irish Thoracic Society is a partner in the Quit Campaign

QUIT is a HSE health education campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to quit. It aims to reduce the numbers of smokers in Ireland and reduce the level of illness and deaths caused by tobacco use.

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