How is COPD diagnosed?

A COPD diagnosis is typically confirmed with spirometry, which measures lung function. Spirometry is the most common way healthcare providers evaluate the level of airflow obstruction.  Read More During a spirometry test, you'll be asked to blow into a large tube connected to a spirometer. This measures how much air your lungs can hold and how quickly you can expel that air from your lungs. Spirometry can detect COPD before you even experience any symptoms. Healthcare providers may also use chest X-rays or other tests to help diagnose COPD.

If you are diagnosed, your healthcare provider may prescribe medication and suggest dietary changes and exercises that can help. And don't forget that family and friends can be a tremendous source of support. If you are being tested for COPD, having a friend or family member there with you may be helpful. Many find that getting support from others with the same condition may also be a good idea.

A COPD diagnosis can feel like something that turns your life upside down, but there are a lot of things you can do to manage COPD that might help you maintain a positive outlook. If you think about it, the earlier you know that you have the disease, the sooner you can start to manage it. And with the proper treatment, many people are able to slow down further loss of lung function.  Close

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