How do I know if I have COPD?
COPD means you have chronic bronchitis or emphysema or a little bit of both. People with COPD have trouble breathing. A spirometry test measures breathing. It is a short and simple test that often can be done at your provider’s office. During a test, you will take a very deep breath and then breathe out as hard as you can, for as long as you can. Your provider may give you a soft nose clip so you breathe only from your mouth. You might take a quick breath in again. This is to see if there is anything blocking your breathing. You repeat the test three times to make sure it is right. It tells your provider how your lungs are working and helps your provider decide how to best help you.