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What to do if you have COPD

A person may have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but not notice symptoms until it is in the moderate stage. This is why it’s important to ask your doctor about taking a breathing test (called spirometry) if you are a current or former smoker, have been exposed to harmful lung irritants for a long period of time, or have a history of COPD in your family, such as ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY related COPD.

Anyone with the following should get tested:

  • Has a history of smoking
  • Has long-term exposure to air pollutants (including pollution and second-hand smoke)
  • Has chronic coughing with or without sputum
  • Has wheezing
  • Has shortness of breath that has become worse over time

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A person may have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but not notice symptoms until it is in the moderate stage. This is why it’s important to ask your doctor about taking a breathing test (called spirometry) if you are a current or former smoker, have been exposed to harmful lung irritants for a long period of time, or have a history of COPD in your family, such as ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY related COPD.

Anyone with the following should get tested:

  • Has a history of smoking
  • Has long-term exposure to air pollutants (including pollution and second-hand smoke)
  • Has chronic coughing with or without sputum
  • Has wheezing
  • Has shortness of breath that has become worse over time

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A person may have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but not notice symptoms until it is in the moderate stage. This is why it’s important to ask your doctor about taking a breathing test (called spirometry) if you are a current or former smoker, have been exposed to harmful lung irritants for a long period of time, or have a history of COPD in your family, such as ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY related COPD.

Anyone with the following should get tested:

  • Has a history of smoking
  • Has long-term exposure to air pollutants (including pollution and second-hand smoke)
  • Has chronic coughing with or without sputum
  • Has wheezing
  • Has shortness of breath that has become worse over time

FAQ's

A person may have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but not notice symptoms until it is in the moderate stage. This is why it’s important to ask your doctor about taking a breathing test (called spirometry) if you are a current or former smoker, have been exposed to harmful lung irritants for a long period of time, or have a history of COPD in your family, such as ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY related COPD.

Anyone with the following should get tested:

  • What does smoking do to my body?

    Smoking causes many serious and fatal diseases and conditions including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, bronchitis and emphysema. It also causes many other cancers, respiratory diseases and strokes, and can affect fertility. Cigarettes contain over 4,000 toxic chemicals and around 50 of these cause cancer. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas in cigarette smoke. It is also found in car exhaust fumes and produced by faulty gas appliances. It takes the place of oxygen in the blood, causing your lungs to work less efficiently. This stops cells all around your body from getting the oxygen they need. Tar is the sticky brown substance that stains your fingers and teeth. Tar causes cancer and damages your lungs. It stays inside your lungs, making tubes narrower and reducing your protection against infection.

  • Will I gain weight?
  • How do I get started and what are the first steps to quitting smoking?
  • What support is available to me?
  • What withdrawl and recovery symptoms can I expect?

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