COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) (cont.)
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When to Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you have been diagnosed with COPD and you:
If your symptoms (cough, mucus, and/or shortness of breath) suddenly get worse and stay worse, you may be having a COPD flare-up, or exacerbation. Quick treatment for a flare-up may help keep you out of the hospital.
Call your doctor soon for an appointment if:
Talk to your doctor
If you have been diagnosed with COPD, talk with your doctor at your next regular appointment about:
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose COPD and provide a basic treatment plan include:
You may need to see a specialist in lung disease, called a pulmonologist (say "pool-muh-NAWL-uh-jist"), if:
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