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Making a Diagnosis

In order to make a COPD diagnosis, the healthcare provider will ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam, and recommend certain breathing tests. Before diagnosing COPD, he or she will also consider other medical conditions that may share similar symptoms with COPD.


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Treatment for COPD

There is no cure for COPD. The damage to your airways and lungs cannot be reversed, but there are things you can do to feel better and slow the damage to your lungs. COPD treatment goals are focused on relieving symptoms, improving exercise tolerance, and improving your overall health. Quitting smoking is also the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing COPD and slow the progress of the disease. Although COPD cannot be cured, seeking proper treatment for it as soon as possible can also help slow down the progression of the disease.
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