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COPD Testing and Diagnosis

Diagnosis for COPD can be achieved through simple breathing tests, such as spirometry, alongside other testing. The quickest and easiest method to diagnose COPD is with spirometry.
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Spirometry

According to the ATS/ERS guidelines, spirometry should be obtained from all individuals who have symptoms, have/had a history of smoking and/or environmental exposure to smoke or occupational pollutants, and have a family history of chronic lung disease.
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Take the Screener

All Americans aged 35 or older are encouraged to take a brief, five-question screener to see if they might be at risk for COPD.
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Living With COPD

Information about some of the challenges and changes many COPDers face.
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Drive4COPD

DRIVE4COPD is a multi-year public health initiative to screen the millions of people who may be at risk for COPD. Led by the COPD Foundation, this large-scale education and awareness campaign is working to help bring COPD to the forefront.
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Patient Stories

In our quarterly magazine, the COPD Digest, each issue features a Faces of COPD story where we profile an individual with COPD. For more information about the COPD Digest visit:
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COPD Research Registry

The COPD Research Registry is a confidential database of individuals diagnosed with COPD or at risk of developing COPD.
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COPD Bronchiectasis
Research Registry

The Bronchiectasis Research Registry is a consolidated database of non-Cystic Fibrosis (non-CF) Bronchiectasis patients from multiple clinical institutions.
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COPD Foundation Social Media

- COPD Foundation Blog

- COPD Foundation on Twitter

- COPD Foundation on Facebook

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Photos

The group of photos (Faces of COPD) represents a photo contest that we engaged the COPD community in during the spring of 2011.

- Faces of COPD

- Spring Benefit

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COPD Gene Study

This study enrolled 10,000 patients who have COPD or are at risk for developing COPD, and analyzed genetic variations across the entire human genome to identify the primary genes that determine why some individuals are more susceptible to developing COPD than other individuals.
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Healthy & Active Living with COPD

For every individual living with COPD, it's important to keep an active lifestyle. Here are some healthy living tips:
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C.O.P.D Information Line

The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for peer-to-peer information and referrals on COPD by patients and caregivers impacted by COPD.
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ATS Patient Information Series

The ATS Patient Information Series is a public service of the American Thoracic Society and its journal the AJRCCM (www.atsjournals.org). The information appearing in this series is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the medical advice of one's personal health care provider.

- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

- Medicines Used to Treat COPD

- Pulmonary Function Tests in COPD

- Signs and Symptoms of COPD

- Surgery for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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ATS Breathing in America Book

The Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope compilationbriefly describes respiratory diseases and the progress that is being made in the quest to find their cures. Click here for chapter on COPD