COPD

HomePatientsLung Disease Week at the ATS2011COPD ▶ Information for Patients
Information for Patients

banner

Lung 

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.

More Info

Lung 

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.

More Info

Lung 

ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY TESTING

Alpha-1 is the most common known genetic risk factor for COPD at this time and it is important to test all individuals with COPD for this protein deficiency.

More Info

 Lung

Living With COPD

Information about some of the challenges and changes many COPDers face. You can click on the options in the bulleted list to skip to a specific section.

More Info

 Lung

Drive4COPD

DRIVE4COPD is the nation’s largest COPD awareness initiative aimed at finding people across the U.S. who might be at risk for COPD.

More Info

Lung

Patient Stories

Each issue of the COPD Digest features a “Faces of COPD” story where an individual with COPD is profiled.

More Info

Lung 

COPD Research Registry

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

More Info

Lung 

COPD Bronchiectasis
Research Registry

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

More Info

Lung

COPD Foundation Social Media

COPD Foundation Blog

COPD Foundation on Twitter

COPD Foundation on Facebook

COPD Foundation on Youtube

Lung

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.

Learn More

Lung

Support Group

The COPD Foundation has the C.O.P.D. (Call Our Patients Direct) Information Line, which was established in 2007. The Info Line brings together individuals with COPD from across the country to provide resources, information and education.

More Info

Lung

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

Lung

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