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How is COPD diagnosed? - Expert Video

Expert Video: How is COPD diagnosed?

Expert pulmonologists explain that the only way to diagnose COPD is through a lung function test called spirometry. COPD diagnosis cannot be made based on symptoms, smoking history or exposure to second-hand smoke or any other environmental conditions.

How is COPD diagnosed? - Expert Video
How is COPD diagnosed? - Expert Video
Expert Video:

Why is early diagnosis of COPD important?


Expert pulmonologists discuss the importance of early diagnosis of COPD which can have a significant impact on disease management. The earlier COPD is diagnosed the better for patient outcomes because interventions can be started early to slow down or help prevent further damage from occurring to the lungs.

How is COPD diagnosed? - Patient Video
How is COPD diagnosed? - Patient Video
Patient Video:

What advice do you have for persons who have early symptoms of COPD?


Patients with COPD share practical advice for persons who may be experiencing early COPD symptoms. They recommend seeing a health care provider immediately, quitting smoking immediately, avoiding people who are ill and avoiding second-hand smoke and other lung irritants such as dust and barbeque smoke. They also recommend getting tested and starting treatment as soon as possible.


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