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What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of lung diseases which cause shortness of breath. There are three main COPD conditions – Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis and Chronic Asthma. A person with COPD may have one or a combination of these conditions.
Emphysema refers to damage of the air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. Over time, the lining of these air sacs weaken and they lose their elasticity and ability to expand.
Chronic Bronchitis is a condition that affects the airway tubes (bronchial tubes) in the lung. These tubes become inflamed, narrowed and produce more mucus, often leading to a persistent cough.
Chronic Asthma causes chronic (long term) inflammation of the airway tubes (bronchial tubes). These tubes are very sensitive and when irritated, trigger the muscles around the airways to tighten. The combination of swelling and muscle tightness, leads to narrowed airways.
These conditions result in less air exchange in the lungs and less oxygen in the bloodstream. This leads to breathlessness, chest tightness and fatigue. COPD can also affect your heart, muscles, bones and mood.
Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis usually occur in people who have smoked or continue to smoke cigarettes, but they can also be caused by environmental or genetic factors. The exact cause of Chronic Asthma is unknown.
What is Bronchiectasis?
Bronchiectasis results in damage to the airway tubes (bronchial tubes) in the lung. These tubes become weakened and dilated and are more prone to mucus build up. This mucus becomes trapped, leading to chesty coughs, increased infections and further damage to the airways. Bronchiectasis causes breathlessness, chest tightness and fatigue.
Bronchiectasis is mostly caused by lung infections. It often beings in early childhood but can develop at any age.
What is ILD?
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) refers to a group of conditions which cause progressive hardening and scarring of the lung. The walls of the air sacs (alveoli) thicken, resulting in breathlessness and less oxygen in the bloodstream.
ILD can be caused by immune conditions, asbestosis, exposure to chemicals or irritants, or have no known traceable cause.
How can we help?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme is an 8 week (16 sessions) group rehabilitation programme developed in conjunction with the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). This service is aimed at providing people who suffer from COPD, Bronchiectasis, ILD and other chronic lung conditions with access to exercise programmes, support and education to help minimise the impact of these conditions on their lives. The programme aims to provide participants with tools to better manage their condition, breathe easier during activity and reduce hospital admissions.
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This service is fully funded.
Accessing this service
To access this service, a referral must be made by your GP or health professional to the ADHB Greenlane Clinical Centre.
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COPD Support Group
Research has shown that regular exercise can help with COPD and lung disease management and improve your quality of life. At our Greenlane, Auckland branch we offer specific exercise classes and support groups for recent graduates of the above Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme. Classes are led by a Fitness Trainer and designed for those who wish to increase their activity levels.
Location & Times
This service is available at our Auckland Regional Centre.
Classes are held every Tuesday (expect public holidays) from 10am to 11am.
Accessing this service
To access this service, you must have recently completed the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme above.
Referrals can be made by your GP or health professional. Self referrals are also accepted for this programme.Referrals