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Breathlessness

Many people experience breathlessness at some time. This could simply be after heavy exercise or exertion you are not used to. This can happen more often when people are unused to exercise. If your symptoms of breathlessness continue and/or get worse you should consult your healthcare professional.

Breathlessness is sometimes referred to as dyspnoea (pronounced disp-NEE-a), the Greek for difficulty in breathing.

For more information on respiratory health and the conditions mentioned below we suggest you visit www.nhs.uk

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is the name given for a number of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. Symptoms include breathlessness when exercising or moving around, a persistent cough often with mucus, frequent chest infections and wheezing.

Many people have COPD but go undiagnosed so, if you are unsure of the cause of your breathing symptoms, you should consult a healthcare professional.

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a long-term lung condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build up of excess mucus. Around 600,000 people in the UK suffer from bronchiectasis. Symptoms of bronchiectasis include coughing that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, coughing up blood or blood-stained sputum and chest pain.

If you are coughing up blood or blood stained sputum you should consult a healthcare professional.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus.

For more information visit www.cff.org

Chronic Heart failure

Heart failure is a serious condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure. It usually occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak to work properly.

For more information visit www.bhf.org.uk

Asthma

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. When asthma sufferers come into contact with something that irritates their lungs, known as a trigger, their airways become narrow, the muscles around them tighten and there may be an increases in production of sticky mucus. A severe onset of symptoms is known as an asthma attack.

For more information visit www.asthma.org.uk

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