Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diagnosis & Treatment
How is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease diagnosed?
To diagnose COPD, your doctor will review your medical history and inquire about your symptoms.
Additional diagnostic tests may also be performed:
- Pulse oximetry
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Chest X-ray
- Exercise testing
How is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease managed and treated?
There is no cure for COPD and treatment involves a combination of therapies to help manage the symptoms and prevent infections that can worsen the condition.
- Antibiotics to treat lung infections
- Bronchodilators to relax airways when inhaled in a mist
- Expectorants to thin the mucous and make it easier to cough up
- Supplemental oxygen to improve oxygen levels in the blood
- Vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia to prevent lung infections
- Rehabilitation to teach effective breathing strategies to reduce shortness of breath