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Asthma & COPD

The term Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) covers those long term lung conditions which are characterised by shortness of breath, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. While each condition can occur on its own, many people have a mixture of the two problems. COPD can be hereditary, but usually occurs in people who have smoked or continue to smoke cigarettes. Exposure to irritants like dust and fumes can also increase the risk of developing COPD.


Asthma is a condition of the airways which react to triggers and set off their asthma. Their airways swell and become thick with mucus and the muscles around the airways tighten, making it hard to breathe.

People with asthma can have a range of symptoms:

Read more about the COPD assessments