Lung health, COPD and spirometry

Lung Health COPD and Spirometry

If you’re dealing with diminished lung capacity due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, your daily struggle to breathe can interfere with the things you like to do most, like taking a long walk with a friend, watching grandkids play sports or traveling.

That’s why you need to make sure your lungs are healthy.

Should you see your doctor about COPD?

Breathing problems slowing you down? Take Humana’s quick quiz to find out if you’re at risk for COPD.

The results of this quiz may help you decide if you should ask your doctor about a spirometry test to evaluate your lung health.

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What is spirometry?

There’s a variety of ways to check lung health. Spirometry is often the first and most common test used. It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs.

How is it done?

Taking a spirometry test is easy. You simply breathe into the mouthpiece of a recording device called a spirometer. Your information is then collected and turned into meaningful lung function values that can be printed out. These readings will help your doctor determine if you have COPD, and find out the severity of the disease.

What you should expect

During your doctor’s appointment, the doctor will take your medical history and record your current activities along with any possible challenges. Depending on the results, the doctor may order a chest X-ray to rule out other conditions.

Why a spirometry test matters

If you have COPD you can’t undo the damage to your lungs. But you can prevent it from getting worse, and you can improve the quality of your everyday life. If you struggle with breathing daily, a spirometry test may be just the thing to help you better understand what’s going on and help you find relief.

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