Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Alternate Names : COPD, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COLD)
How is the disease diagnosed?
Diagnosis of COPD begins with a medical history and physical examination. Lung function tests can identify COPD in Stage 0, even before the individual has symptoms. Lung function tests measure how much air a person can take in with a deep breath. They also measure how fast the person can push the air back out of the lungs. The healthcare provider may also order a chest X-ray and blood tests.