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COPD Stages: How Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Advances

COPD Stages: How Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Advances

Once you’ve been told you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s important to find out where you are as far as COPD stages are concerned. COPD stages include mild (Stage 1 COPD), moderate (Stage 2 COPD), severe (Stage 3 COPD), and very severe (Stage 4 COPD).

These classifications are

3. Diagnosis of COPD

The main diagnostic tools for COPD are pulmonary function tests. These tests, which are also used to diagnose asthma (see page 45) and many other lung diseases, measure the ability of the lungs to hold air, to move air in and out, and to move oxygen into the blood.
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1. A Detailed Look Inside

Inside the Lungs
The lungs consist of two large, spongy organs divided into sections called lobes. The right lung has three lobes, and the left has two. Inside the lungs is a branching system of progressively smaller tubes (called bronchial tubes), at the end of which are air sacs. Oxygen and

From the Editor

Having a lung disorder like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or pneumonia can be frightening. With every breath we take, we depend on our lungs to deliver life-sustaining oxygen to our bodies—so if you struggle to breathe normally, cough, wheeze, or feel very tired, it’s important to find out

COPD Diagnosis: What Can You Learn from Screening and Testing?

COPD Diagnosis: What Can You Learn from Screening and Testing?

In order to determine whether your lung problem symptoms are caused by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), your doctor will perform a physical examination, take a detailed medical history, ask about any history of smoking (or current smoking habit) and other lifestyle issues, and perform a COPD diagnosis.
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