July 27, 2016

Have the CHAT about your COPD symptoms

Have the CHAT_Facebook TileA flare-up of symptoms for people with COPD can be as severe as a heart attack. That’s why Lung Foundation Australia is running our ‘Have the CHAT’ campaign again this winter to encourage people with COPD to get to their doctor quickly if they notice a change in symptoms.

The ‘CHAT’ acronym highlights common symptoms associated with a COPD exacerbation:

  • Coughing more than usual
  • Harder to breathe than usual
  • Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour or volume, and
  • Tired more than usual.

Lung Foundation Australia has resources available to patients and carers to help manage COPD including tips for talking to your doctor. Check these out at www.lungfoundation.com.au/have-the-chat.