03 November 2023
03 November 2023
Being able to take big, deep breaths is important to our overall well-being, as it can promote relaxation, increase oxygen intake, and subsequently improve our mood and physical performance. However, for people living with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a chronic lung condition that causes restricted airflow, this simple act can become a daily challenge, thereby affecting their quality of life. While there is no cure for COPD, researchers are working hard to uncover more about this condition and pioneer potentially ground-breaking treatments. In this blog post, we will explore the world of COPD and discuss an exciting clinical trial striving to advance COPD care and bring hope to people living with this condition.
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) refers to a group of lung conditions that cause restricted airflow and make it difficult to breathe. The two main types of COPD are:
COPD can be attributed to a variety of risk factors that impact the lungs and airways, including:
Though the symptoms of COPD can vary from person to person, they tend to include:
AS COPD is a progressive illness, these symptoms generally do not appear until after the lungs have sustained significant damage and get worse over time to potentially include:
COPD is commonly misdiagnosed, as its symptoms overlap with those of several other lung conditions. As such, if you experience ongoing symptoms of COPD, you should visit your GP for a formal diagnosis, which may include:
Currently, there is no cure for COPD. Though, there are some treatment options available that can help people manage their symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, and improve their quality of life, including:
As you can see, COPD presents unique challenges when it comes to treatment options, in that patients must work closely with their healthcare team and follow a comprehensive regimen of medication, rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes to manage their condition.
As such, clinical trials provide an exciting avenue to improve our understanding of COPD, its causes, and to ultimately find more effective treatment options. At time of writing, we are currently recruiting for a clinical trial investigating a potential new treatment for COPD.
By participating in this clinical trial, you could not only change the course of your own healthcare journey, but also contribute to potentially ground-breaking therapies that benefit the broader COPD community.
To find out more about this study, and other respiratory studies we are currently recruiting for, view our active trials.