Spirometry measures people’s breathing capacity and checks the health of their lungs. In Medway, more than 4,500 people are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes a number of lung conditions that make breathing difficult. Research suggests this figure is actually much higher as many people do not seek professional help.
The Medway Community Healthcare respiratory team will be checking the health of people’s lungs using a spirometer, a hand-held device which people blow into and, if necessary, refer them for further advice and support. They will also be on hand to provide information about ways to keep lungs healthy.
Geraldeen Guy, specialist respiratory practitioner at Medway Community Healthcare, explained: “The single most important thing you can do for your lung health is to stop smoking.
“Do not dismiss your symptoms as a ‘smoker’s cough’, COPD is a serious and progressive disease but with help symptoms can be reduced and you can continue to live a full life.”
Symptoms that may be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include:
- shortness of breath that is getting in the way of everyday activities
- a cough with phlegm
- repeated chest infections
- you smoke or have a history of smoking
Anyone with these symptoms should visit the respiratory team on 27 June or contact their GP.
For help and advice to stop smoking and live a healthy lifestyle, visit www.abettermedway.co.uk
19 June 2012