How can I prevent COPD?

Written by: Dr Ahmed Sayeed
Published: | Updated: 26/09/2023
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Top Doctors recently had the chance to quiz leading pulmonologist and respiratory medicine specialist, Dr Ahmed Sayeed, on all things chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

What is COPD?

It is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. It is a common lung disease categorised by restricted airflow and breathing problems. In people with COPD, the lungs can get damaged or clogged with phlegm.


What are the symptoms of COPD?

Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. 


What are the causes of COPD?

Exposure to dangerous chemicals and cigarette smoke are leading causes of the development of COPD.


How can I prevent COPD?

The most effective way of preventing COPD is quitting or never starting smoking. Other ways to prevent COPD include avoiding second-hand smoke, avoiding other pollutants, staying physically active, eating a healthy diet, sticking to your treatment plan, improving air quality at home, performing breathing exercises, and getting vaccinated against pneumonia, influenza, and coronavirus.


How is COPD treated?

Treatments can help control symptoms, reduce your risk of complications and exacerbations, and improve your ability to lead an active life. Treatment options include medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, surgery, and lifestyle changes.


Is COPD curable?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for COPD.


Is COPD life-threatening?

COPD is a serious and life-threatening condition if it progresses into a serious condition. 


If you wish to book an appointment with Dr Ahmed Sayeed, simply visit his Top Doctors profile today.

By Dr Ahmed Sayeed
Pulmonology & respiratory medicine

Dr Ahmed Sayeed is a highly regarded and skilled pulmonologist and respiratory medicine specialist who possesses expertise in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, bronchiolitis, cough, and interstitial lung disease (lung scarring). He practises at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Dr Sayeed obtained his first medical qualification in 2000 after completing a bachelor's degree in medicine. Following this, he went on to complete an MD in internal medicine in 2004, before achieving his final qualification in 2015: a master's degree in internal medicine at the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Sayeed, thus far, has published five articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently working as an associate specialist in respiratory medicine, and also as an acute medicine consultant in the acute medical unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. 

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