Helping patients find their voice: Let’s talk about lung health

For patients like Raymond and Hanafi, a typical day could be an extraordinary one. Most of us do not think about the simple task of breathing, but for people suffering from lung disorders, it can consume their daily life.

My most vivid memories of my childhood were of sitting up in bed and be unable to breathe normally. Just the normal act of breathing became incredibly painful

Raymond, asthma patient

Living with severe asthma

Of the 242 million people who live with asthma worldwide, it is estimated that up to 10% have severe asthma. It is an extreme form of the disease in which people struggle to control their symptoms and may continue to have attacks even when they take high doses of medicine.

Research has shown that not all asthma is the same. Asthma can have a number of underlying causes and different types of inflammation. For some people, their inflammation may be triggered by environmental allergens, such as dust mites, pollen and moulds.

Asthma vs COPD

COPD is an umbrella term that describes respiratory conditions limiting airflow to the lungs. It is the third leading cause of death across the globe, and currently affects approximately 329 million people worldwide - that’s an increase of 65% since 1990. So, more should be done to help people with COPD get their condition under control.

I realized I couldn’t run after a bus or to shelter when it rained. I felt very breathless. I then went to a doctor and took a spyromatic test and they found out that 65% of my lungs were not functioning well

Hanafi, COPD patient.

Simple activities, like walking up stairs or on a gradual incline, are an everyday struggle for people living with COPD. Most people don’t spend time thinking about their breathing, but for some it consumes their daily life.

GSK’s commitment to respiratory disease

We have a long heritage in research and innovation around respiratory disease. Over the past 40 years, we have invested more in respiratory research than any other company.  

We remain committed to developing treatments that help patients worldwide who suffer from breathing-related illnesses do more, feel better and live longer. This requires a deep understanding of respiratory disease, a promise to furthering the science, and an awareness that every patient’s experience is different. 

 

Read more resources on lung health below

Understanding remission in asthma

Living with severe asthma

Seeking new COPD treatments

Patient led events : Asia Pacific Lung Health Summit 2016

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