Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a pulmonary disease that, over time, makes breathing difficult for patients. It is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Roughly 16 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD, and it is estimated that millions more may have it without realizing it. COPD causes coughing that can produce large amounts of mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, and other symptoms. While our overall awareness of COPD has increased over the last several years, there are still major barriers to early diagnosis and treatment. In fact, roughly 30% of American adults with COPD symptoms remain undiagnosed and untreated. When left untreated, patients with COPD gradually worsen and lose their ability to perform normal, daily activities. However, this disease is highly treatable when detected early.
Approximately 26% of physicians lack the proper testing equipment for COPD. However, the experts at Carolina Diagnostic Solutions are here to help! With guidance from resources like the SC State Strategic Plan, National Action Plan for COPD, and treatment; CDS is working to empower primary care physicians to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment methods to help increase the quality of life and the quality of care for patients.
Early diagnosis of COPD and other lung diseases is crucial. Spirometry is one of the most effective methods available for diagnostic testing to assess possible airflow obstruction and restriction as well as changes over time and measure patient responses to therapy. An accurate diagnosis requires accurate spirometry, and accurate spirometry will not be performed without proper training and patient coaching.
The spirometry professionals at CDS offer the COPD testing equipment, along with expert training for your primary care facility to help you give the most comprehensive diagnostic care to your patients. Contact us today to find out more about our services, or to schedule an appointment for a diagnostic training consultation.