COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is the name used to describe a number of conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

If you have COPD, you might have just one of these conditions, or you might have more than one.

COPD is a condition where the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in your lungs are damaged. This causes your airways to become narrower, which makes it harder to breathe in and out.

Therefore, people with COPD have breathing difficulties, and this can affect many aspects of your day-to-day life.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for COPD, but there are lots of treatments available to help you manage your condition, improve your symptoms and live an active life.

Further details can be found on the British Lung Foundation's website.