Your GP will use the following scale to measure your breathlessness, this is called the Medical Research Council breathlessness scale or MRC scale.
|You are not troubled by breathlessness except on strenuous exercise||You are short of breath when hurrying on the level or walking up a slight hill||You walk slower than most people on the level, stop after a mile or so, or stop after 15 minutes walking at own pace||You stop for breath after walking about 100 yards (60 metres) or after a few minutes on level ground||You are too breathless to leave the house, or breathless when dressing or undressing|
Where do you fit into this chart today? If you notice that you have gone from a 2 to a 3 or from a 3 to a 4 this would be the time to make an appointment with your GP or healthcare professional for advice and review. If your GP measures you as 3 or above you should be referred to pulmonary rehabilitation.
For more information please see our section on Pulmonary Rehab.