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Friday 16 November 2018

New COPD programme

A new community-based programme for people suffering with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, will be held in Co Wicklow.

The announcement was made by COPD Support Ireland, the umbrella body for 20 local COPD support groups, ahead of World COPD Day on Wednesday, November 21.

Perhaps more commonly known as bronchitis or emphysema, COPD is a chronic lung condition whose primary symptoms are breathlessness, persistent cough and regular chest infections.

The 12-week programme is designed to support self-care and reduce flare-ups and hospitalisations in people with COPD. It will have a particular focus on issues such as smoking cessation, nutrition and inhaler advice. Exercise is a key aspect of treatment for patients with obvious physical health benefits such as increased muscle strength, agility, flexibility and aerobic endurance, in addition to the social and mental health benefits. The programme will also help to slow progression of the disease which will, in turn, lead to fewer GP and hospital visits.

For more information on the programme, email info@copd.ie or call 086 0415128.

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