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Most patients with COPD are also asked to have an annual check of their lungs using a machine called a spirometer. This involves blowing into a computer, with a nurse supervising you. This machine can then calculate how well your lungs are functioning.
The results of this test provide information which helps your doctor review your medication. If you need a review, please advise a receptionist that you want to see a nurse for a COPD check and they will make you an appointment.
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COPD explained - NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) affects an estimated three million people in the UK, and smoking is a major cause. There is a lot that can be done to relieve the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
A respiratory nurse specialist and patients explain pulmonary rehabilitation, and how exercise can improve the symptoms of COPD.
Lynn Ashton, 46, inhaled toxic fumes when a candle set fire to her plastic tablecloth. She was already asthmatic, and a few months later was diagnosed with COPD. She talks about living with the condition.