The British Lung Foundation (BLF) chief executive gave an exclusive preview of a new online breath test to members of Breathe Easy Nottingham West, the local BLF support group for people affected by lung disease. Dr Penny Woods visited the group to demonstrate the simple interactive test, which assesses what makes you breathless and offers advice on whether you need to visit your doctor. See left for more.
Dr Penny Woods visited the group to demonstrate the simple interactive test, which assesses what makes you breathless and offers advice on whether you need to visit your doctor.
The test will be launched later this year, as the centre piece of a major BLF campaign aiming to raise awareness that breathlessness can be a symptom of lung conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as other health problems like heart disease.
There are nearly 6000 people living with diagnosed COPD in Nottingham City[i]. However, over 5,000 more in the area are estimated to be living with the condition undiagnosed. The BLF’s breathlessness awareness campaign will help more people get a correct diagnosis with COPD and other conditions, so that they can get the treatment and support they need.
Teresa Burgoyne, secretary of Breathe Easy Nottingham West, said: “We are delighted to have hosted an exclusive preview of the breath test. When it is launched we will let everyone know how to access it. Many people with lung disease remain undiagnosed and wrongly accept that feeling short of breath is part of getting older. When this test is launched in the summer, it will mean an earlier diagnosis of lung disease for many people, so they can be treated and receive the right care as soon as possible. And of course, Breathe Easy Nottingham West will be there to offer support, advice and friendship to anyone diagnosed in the area”.