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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over 100,000 people in Scotland and is usually diagnosed in the over 40s.
COPD is not a disease in itself but a general term used to describe a number of lung conditions including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, both of which damage the lungs and cause the airways to narrow over time. The narrowing of the airways reduces the amount of air that can get in to, and out of, the lungs resulting in difficulties with breathing including breathlessness and a persistent cough. COPD is not reversible; once the airways have narrowed they cannot widen again, but there are treatments available that can help ease the symptoms.
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The Health A-Z section of this website contains information of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of many types of illnesses. It also includes video interviews with specialists and patients. NHS inform is a new national health information service providing a single source of quality assured health information for the public in Scotland.
SHOW (Scotland's Health on the Web) provides information on more than 100 topics covering all aspects of healthy living and advice on coping with long-term health conditions as well as the NHS and health services.
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