The dominant cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. Nearly 90 percent of all who get COPD are or have been smoking for a long time. Spirometry is a study of lung volumes and how the lungs work. This is done to get a better idea about lung health. The most important measure to improve the prognosis is – quit smoking if you still smoke!
In Sweden calculated up to 700, 000 people have COPD. Many people with COPD, smoking as well as non-smokers, are completely symptom-free and the symptoms easily confused with smoker’s cough, asthma, severe cold or natural aging. A common risk factor for COPD is also involuntary weight loss.
COPD means chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is characterized by the flow of air in the lungs is constantly reduced. The term COPD is often linked with conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and it is common to have a combination of both. COPD is diagnosed by spirometry, a test of your lungs. Making a (CFA) has also been shown to be effective to increase motivation to quit smoking.