COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. This type of disease get progressively worse over time. It is essential to detect as early as possible, as it can lead to Asthma, Emphysema, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Tuberculosis and more. This screening uses a small hand-held unit which tests the mechanics of your lungs. Simply blowing our spirometer allows us to measure the volume of air inhaled and exhaled from your lungs, giving us the vital capacity. Vital capacity decreases with age, or with any obstructive pulmonary disease. People who smoke, are exposed to second-hand smoke, allergens and pollutants are encouraged to get screened.
COPD commonly includes two conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the walls between many of the air sacs are damaged. As a result, the air sacs lose their shape and become floppy. In chronic bronchitis, the lining of the airways is constantly irritated and inflamed making it hard to breathe. This screening is provided to determine levels of risk for such respiratory conditions. It will allow your doctor to provide aggressive treatment and ensure early detection.