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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COPD: Could you be at risk? - Harvard Health

SPIROMETRY. If that term is unfamiliar to you and you are a current smoker or it's been less than 15 years since you've quit, consider getting a spirometry test performed. It's a simple and fast way (<5 minutes) to diagnose COPD and to define it's severity (usually given on a I-IV scale). Some may carry the label of "COPD" due to clinical suspicion, but it may not have been formally confirmed. Sometimes the spirometry demonstrates that a patient thought to have COPD, indeed, does not. If you have COPD based on spirometry results, you should be able to say, "I have COPD and it's Stage II", for example. #COPD
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD