Pneumonia is a serious infection that can make breathing more difficult and requires medical attention. People with long-term health conditions affecting the heart or lungs are more at risk of developing severe symptoms.
For example, if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis you could be more likely to develop complications. If you suffer from asthma, a chest infection can make it much worse. Elderly people are more likely to get infections, take longer to recover, and need proper care.
Your doctor is the best person to consult if you are concerned about developing a serious chest infection. They may ask if you have been vaccinated against pneumococcal infection.
They will discuss any symptoms with you, assess your overall health and advise you accordingly.
If you are a smoker, they will no doubt recommend that you quit smoking. Eating a healthy diet, getting a good night’s sleep, and having a sensible exercise regime are also important.