Living with COPD
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Videos
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
SAVE YOUR BREATH
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
Marty Morrissey talks about lung health here
Jennifer Maguire talks about lung health here
Eileen Dunne talks about lung health here
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.