Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (cont.)
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What kind of doctor treats COPD?
Early treatment can be done by your primary care physician (for example, to help you to stop smoking). Other physicians that treat COPD are pulmonologists (lung doctors), and depending on the complications and/or the disease progression, infectious disease and critical care specialists. If surgery is needed, a lung surgeon or a transplant surgeon is consulted.
When should you seek medical care for COPD?
Individuals should see a health-care professional if they are experiencing the symptoms of COPD, particularly if breathing has become increasingly difficult.
How is COPD diagnosed?
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A health-care professional will perform various tests to determine if a person has COPD, and determine the best treatment for the patient.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2015
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