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My mum who is 67 has just been diagnosed with COPD. She has smoked since her teens and never stopped. For the past 5 years she's had so many chest infections and now she is breathless all the time and wheezes. She gets breathless just talking. She said she will quit smoking but she hasn't yet! She still works. She is a caretaker so is active but doesn't have a healthy diet. Any advice? I know she needs to stop smoking and I'm working on that as that is priority. Even if she stops will she ways be like this now (breathless and coughing) she has been given an inhaler. She only saw the nurse to get the diagnosis. No GP. She said her aunties had it and lived into their 80s so I don't know if she thinks she will be the same and can still smoke. Also is it hereditary? I've never smoked but my sister does.
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