Have you or a close one been diagnosed with COPD?

We know that a COPD diagnosis can feel scary. But you are not alone.

In fact, over a 2,400,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Still, this disease lacks enough awareness in Canada. The information available is scattered and not always easy to understand.


We want to accelerate COPD awareness in Canada by organising information while making it easy to understand.


This website COPDinfo.ca is :


Understandable. This website is for patients so we explain all medical terms will be followed by a definition to make it easy to understand.


Canadian. COPD has no borders. But there is information about available treatments, funding, etc. that are specific to Canada. We’ll share it here!


Accurate. All of the information is based on clinical evidence (PubMed) and guidelines (Canadian Thoracic Society). We provide sources and use recent clinical studies.




The COPDinfo.ca team

Knowledge is power

We’re here to give you up-to-date information to help you manage your COPD.

You’ll learn:

● What can make your symptoms worse
● What medications your doctor might prescribe
● How your everyday habits affect your breathing
● The latest breakthroughs in COPD

Most importantly, you’ll learn how to live life well while managing this common disease.

What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung condition that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These conditions are called “obstructive” because something is blocking the smooth flow of air in and out of the lungs.

Did you know that COPD is an acronym, which means that each letter represents a specific word? Here is what each letter stands for:


C is for Chronic
When we talk about a chronic illness, this disease is persisting for a long time or constantly reappearing.


O is for Obstructive
Obstructive means that there is a blockage. Since we are talking about lungs, obstructive is related to the blockage of airflow.


P is for Pulmonary
This type of illness is affecting your lungs.


D is for Disease
A disease is an illness of the body or mind.

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Living well with COPD

Have you or a close one been diagnosed with COPD? Start here.


An acute exacerbation of COPD (also known as an AECOPD or flare-up) happens when someone with COPD has new or worsening symptoms for at least 48 hours.

Properly identifying and treating exacerbations is key to reducing further damage to your lungs.

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Having a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to slow the progression of your COPD. It’s crucial to limit your exposure to air pollution, smoke and dust.

It’s also important to maintain healthy exercise, nutrition, and sleep habits to best manage your COPD.

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Action Plan

Everyone living with COPD needs an action plan. This is a shared document between you and your health care team to help you manage COPD symptoms.

Use it to monitor your symptoms so you can quickly recognize if you’re having a flare-up.

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