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COPD - what to ask your doctor

What to ask your doctor about COPD; Emphysema - what to ask your doctor; Chronic bronchitis - what to ask your doctor; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - what to ask your doctor

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) damages your lungs. This can make it hard for you to get enough oxygen and clear carbon dioxide from your lungs. While there is no cure for COPD, you can do many things to control your symptoms and make your life better.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your lungs.

Questions

What will make my COPD worse?

What are some signs that my breathing is getting worse and I should call the provider? What should I do when I feel I am not breathing well enough?

Am I taking my COPD medicines the right way?

What shots or vaccinations do I need?

Do I need oxygen? If yes, do I need it all times?

Are there changes in my diet that will help my COPD?

What do I need to do when I am planning to travel?

What are some exercises I can do to keep my muscles strong, even if I cannot walk around very much?

Should I consider pulmonary rehabilitation?

How can I save some of my energy around the house?

Am I at higher risk for COVID-19 infection? How should I protect myself?

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How to use your peak flow meter

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). www.cdc.gov/copd/features/copd-symptoms-diagnosis-treatment.html. Updated June 9, 2020. Accessed March 19, 2021.

Corriveau ML, Fagan JB. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In: Kellerman RD, Rakel DP, eds. Conn's Current Therapy 2021. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier 2021:860-864.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) website. Global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: 2018 report. goldcopd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/GOLD-REPORT-2021-v1.1-25Nov20_WMV.pdf. Accessed March 19, 2021.

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