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 in Forfar on Thursday, 25 April and the Angus community is invited to come along to the health information event and find out what they can do to live better.
Visitors to the event are encouraged to take a few minutes and visit the ‘Listen to your lungs’ information stand run by Angus Community Health Partnership’s (CHP) respiratory service.
Many people in Angus live with respiratory disease such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term for a number of progressive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
There are around 2000 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 unrecognis
ed. 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.
Many more people have breathing problems which affect their everyday lives. Simple lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, taking appropriate medication and having regular reviews with your GP as well as taking exercise and developing self management skills can all help support people to live better with their condition.
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.
The event has been developed by Angus people living with long term conditions and is supported by Angus CHP, Angus Council Social Work plus local and national organisations.
The event hopes to highlight help and support and the range of services available in Angus for those with long term conditions.