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Testing to Confirm COPD
1/2/2020 • Posted by Fidelis Care in Health and Wellness

COPD

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:

Spirometry

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.

Chest X-ray

Helps a PCP detect diseases that may lead to or worsen COPD.

CT scan

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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