Living with COPD
New 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 440,000 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.
World COPD Day 2012
'It's not too late"
To mark World COPD Day on Wednesday 14th November free spirometry testing will be available in a number of centres More>
COPD in the Media
Audit of COPD Care - The Irish Times, 21 August 2012 - Read more
Shadow of hope for COPD Patients - The Irish Times, 21 August 2012 - Read more
Interview with Betty Sutton, South Dublin COPD Support Group - Irish Independent Health and Living Supplement, July 2012 - Read more
Interview with Michael McGloin, Benbulben COPD Support Group - Sligo Champion, May 2012 - Read more
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.