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Talking to Your Doctor About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing COPD
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About COPD. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/about-copd . Accessed December 14, 2009.
What is COPD? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd . Accessed October 1, 2012.
What you can do about a lung disease called COPD. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease website. Available at: http://www.goldcop... . Accessed October 1, 2012.
Last reviewed October 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
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