COPD in Salford
If you don’t know what COPD is, you’re not alone. There are over 5,000 people in Salford who have it but don’t know it.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) generally descibes a number of lung conditions, like chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where your lungs become damaged and can't take in as much air.
It can make exercising and even the easiest day-to-day activities, like cleaning the house or walking to the shops, more difficult.
Am I at risk of COPD?
Smoking is the most common cause of COPD, particularly if you have been a heavy smoker for many years. Symptoms don't usually appear before the age of 35. Long-term asthma sufferers can also develop COPD, as well as people who have been exposed to air pollution, fumes or dust over a long period of time.
You can inherit COPD but this is extremely rare. This is through a genetic condition call Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which causes damage to the lungs.
Can COPD be cured?
There is no cure for COPD but you can cut down the risk of developing it. Stopping smoking is the best way to do this.
Even if you do develop COPD, although you can't reverse the lung damage, there are many ways to help improve your health and manage the condition.
The most important thing to remember is the sooner you're diagnosed and get treatment, the healthier you'll be. See your doctor to get a lung check.