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Wednesday 19 November, 2014 marks World COPD Day

Last Update 06/04/2021

COPD is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the lungs, damaged lung tissue and a narrowing of the airways, making breathing difficult.


Today, Wednesday 19 November, 2014, is World COPD Day.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the lungs, damaged lung tissue and a narrowing of the airways, making breathing difficult. It is the cause of 300,000 deaths in Europe each year.

Get more information about COPD, including factsheets on living well with COPD, living an active life with COPD and an infographic giving some key statistics on the condition. 

ELF also recently published some patient guidelines on pulmonary rehabilitation, a course of exercises commonly prescribed to people with COPD. 

Find out more about World COPD Day.

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