Tests to help detect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
1. What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
The cause of the disease is caused by harmful dust particles or gases in the environment that cause damage to the lungs. The disease is common in men over 40 years old, especially pipe smokers, tobacco users, people who are often exposed to coal stove smoke, straw smoke, wood stove smoke, incense smoke or dust and toxic gases.
An estimated 329 million people worldwide have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This number is increasing because the risk factors for the disease tend to increase (smog, environmental pollution...).
2. Symptoms that help diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Symptoms that help diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease include:
Cough, sputum production. Persistent cough, repeated many times: Many people think that cough is a common symptom of bronchitis but subjectively do not go to the hospital, but if the cough lasts continuously for several months, repeated many times, you may have had lung related diseases. Including dry cough and cough with phlegm. Usually cough a lot and produce sputum in the morning. Shortness of breath: These are signs that there is a problem with the respiratory system. At first, it may be difficult to breathe when tired or overworked. Then even when you are doing light activity, you will feel short of breath at rest. Shortness of breath is getting worse. If you are regularly exposed to risk factors for the disease or are in a susceptible group (over 40 years old), you should seek medical attention immediately when you have the above signs. Listen to your body to notice the smallest changes. Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at an early stage can stop the disease from developing and slow down lung damage.
3. Tests to help detect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
3.1. Measuring respiratory function
Pulmonary function test will check the degree of bronchial obstruction, air flow in and out of the lungs, measure other lung volumes. These indicators will indicate whether you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and if so, how severe or mild the disease is.
3.2 Chest X-ray
3.3. Measurement of arterial blood gas
3.5. Computed tomography of the chest
3.6. Blood tests
Based on the above investigations and tests for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, doctors can make a conclusion whether you have the disease, if so, what is the condition of the disease, how to treat it.
It is important to see a doctor as soon as you see unusual symptoms of the body. At Vinmec International General Hospital, the examination and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or lung-related diseases are performed by a team of highly qualified and experienced specialists and doctors. All tests are performed by modern machinery system for high accuracy results, shortening examination time and determining disease status.
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