In the last 3 months, have you suffered from:

  • Shortness of breath or chest tightness?
  • Coughing?
  • Wheezing?
  • Phlegm?

You may have Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD).

There are two main forms of COPD:

  • Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus
  • Emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time
  • Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.
  • COPD is the 5th leading cause of death in Australia, 2014.
  • 90% of cases of chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.
  • Smoking causes a continuous inflammation in airways, which leads to limited airflow into the lungs, and scarring of lung tissues.
  • There is no cure for COPD at this stage.
  • Because the symptoms develop slowly, some people may not know that they have COPD.

The good news is:

  • It is easily diagnosed with lung function test (spirometry) and Chest X ray/CT.
  • Early diagnosis and prompt management will help to reserve your lung function.

Take some positive action by talking to one of our GPs today about:

  • Trying to quit smoking.
  • Concerns about respiratory symptoms.
  • Current treatments for COPD that may be still resulting in respiratory symptoms.

Call Providence Medical and Dental – Belmont to make an appointment for a lung function test, or a review of medication.