Members of the Angus community are being invited to take a moment to listen to their lungs and check if they are feeling breathless or experiencing shortness of breath.
A free Long Term Condition Day is to be held in the Reid Hall, Forfar, on Thursday, April 25, and the Angus community is invited to come along to the health information event and find out what they can do to live better.
Many people in Angus live with respiratory disease such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is an umbrella term for a number of progressive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
There are around 2,000 people living with COPD in Angus and many more who may have the disease and not know it. COPD is under-diagnosed as the early stages of the disease are often unrecognized. This is because the development of symptoms tends to be slow and patients may be unaware of them and accept a chronic cough, breathlessness and coughing up phlegm as a ‘normal’ part of getting older or an expected consequence of smoking.
During the day staff from Angus CHP respiratory team and representatives from patients groups will be manning the stand offering advice and information. Visitors will also be able to take a breath test which can highlight respiratory symptoms, have an asthma or COPD control test, and find out about pulmonary rehabilitation programmes and patient support groups in Angus.