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Preventing and Diagnosing COPD

In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains how to prevent COPD, and outlines processes for diagnosing COPD, such as a PFT (pulmonary function test).

COPD is not a reversible condition so it is very important to try and prevent this disease and treat it early if you are diagnosed. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains how to prevent COPD, stating that the absolute best way to prevent COPD is to stay away from smoking. If you’re already a smoker, now is the time to stop. More than 85% of COPD cases are caused from smoking tobacco. That's because a chemical in smoke stimulates inflammation in the lungs, leading to chronic bronchitis or emphysema. For diagnosing COPD, your doctor may administer a PFT (pulmonary function test) to get a better idea of how advanced your symptoms are.

Holly Atkinson, MD

This video features Holly Atkinson, MD. Dr. Atkinson specializes in internal medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist.

Duration: 1:57. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Mera Goodman, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: June 23, 2017
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