Respiratory Health

At this time of year, many of us have a drive to exercise and get fit. We tend to think of exercise as a way of tightening up our muscles and maybe losing a few pounds. But exercising supports our lungs and so can have even more profound and far-reaching consequences. In some cases, it could help to save your life.

Chronic respiratory diseases are diseases that affect the airways and structures of the lung. Chronic means a condition that is an ongoing and long-term, as opposed to acute conditions which often come on suddenly and can be severe. Chronic conditions sometimes begin in childhood and can take decades to become fully established. This means there are multiple opportunities to try and prevent them.

Respiratory screening is a way of testing how well your lungs are functioning and diagnosing conditions that can reduce lung function, such as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic bronchitis. It may also be used to check for occupation-related lung problems or to assess your lung function prior to major surgery.