Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP) will be marking World COPD Day by holding a free information event on Wednesday, November 14, in Tesco Supermarket, Montrose, between 10am and 4pm.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of progressive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
It is the fifth biggest killer in the UK and the World Health Organisation lists it as the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.
This year’s campaign features positive messages emphasising that it’s not too late for people to take action to improve their respiratory health even if they have been diagnosed with COPD.
There are around 2,000 people living with COPD in Angus and many more may have the disease and not know it.
COPD is under-diagnosed as the early stages of the disease are often unrecognised.
This is because the development of symptoms tends to be slow and patients may be unaware of them and accept a chronic cough, breathlessness and coughing up phlegm as a ‘normal’ part of getting older.
Staff from Angus CHP’s respiratory team and members of local COPD patient support groups will be manning an information stand at Tesco.
Respiratory nurses will offer a painless breathing test using a device called COPD6.
This is a simple breathing test which can help identify the condition in its early stages, before symptoms become troublesome for patients.
Maureen Fagan, Lead Respiratory Nurse, Angus CHP, said, “People can come along to the stand in Tesco Montrose, to have their lung function screened by specialist nurses to see if they are at risk of having COPD.
“They can also get up-to-date information and advice on the treatments and services available for people with respiratory conditions in Angus or chat to the patients who run the local support groups.
“Though COPD cannot be cured the earlier a diagnosis is made the more effective treatment will be, giving a better quality of life for as long as possible.”