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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I know if I have Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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    Arthur Lee

    Physiotherapist

    Arthur Lee - Cardiorespiratory PhysiotherapistAPAM, Member of CRPA National Group2014 Committee Member of CRPA National GroupRecipient of Nicole Turney Memorial Grant 2014Member of Lung Foundation … View Profile

    People with COPD exhibit a combination of the following.  Shortness of breath, increase phlegm production and/or chronic cough. 

    To know for sure you should talk to your doctor about a lung function test.

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    Dr Adrian Chazan

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Adrian Chazan is a Respiratory & Sleep Disorders Physician and General Physician with a number of special interests including asthma and obstructive sleep apnoea. … View Profile

    COPD is a diagnosis made by your doctor (GP or respiratory physician) based on a comprehensive assessment that should include pulmonary function testing. 

    Typical symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, persistent cough and sputum (phlegm), and recurrent chest infections. The most common cause of COPD is cigarette smoking but it can also be caused by exposure to dust or fumes in the workplace. 

    If you think you may have COPD or chronic lung disease of some sort, you may benefit from asking your GP for a referral to a respiratory physician for a full assessment. 

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