COPD slowly damages your airways, the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. COPD makes airways swollen and partly blocked by mucus. It also damages in the tiny air sacs at the tips of your airways. This makes it hard to move air in and out of your lungs.
People with COPD usually have one or more of these symptoms:
People might think that feeling short of breath is a normal sign of aging— but it’s not. If you have these signs and symptoms, see your doctor
Your Doctor will assess your physical condition and discuss COPD with you. There are three common tests used to assist in diagnosing COPD:
Spirometry is a common, effective diagnostic test typically performed at a hospital or clinic. The machine measures how long it takes to blow out all the air from your lungs. The more blocked your airways, the longer it takes to blow the air out.
The x-ray will help the doctor see if there is damage to your lungs.
Blood Gas Test
Blood is drawn, usually from the wrist, to determine oxygen levels in the blood.
There is no cure for COPD, but there are good treatments:
People with COPD can take other steps to manage their symptoms: