Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) damages lung tissue, making breathing difficult. Smoking is a common cause of COPD.
Diagnosing COPD properly is the first step toward treatment. If your primary care provider (PCP) suspects you may have COPD, your PCP may recommend one of the following:
Measures how well lungs function by having patients blow into a machine.
Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
Measures oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood through a blood test.
Helps a PCP detect diseases that may lead to or worsen COPD.
Helps detect COPD and find out whether surgery is necessary.
If you are diagnosed with COPD, take your medications as prescribed to help manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.
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