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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with COPD?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for COPD? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about COPD

Top 10 Questions about COPD

  1. What is COPD and what causes it?
  2. How will COPD affect my daily life and long-term health?
  3. Will I need follow-up tests for COPD and if so, how often will I need them?
  4. What are the symptoms of COPD?
  5. What are my treatment options for COPD?
  6. What should I do if my breathing or other COPD symptoms gets worse?
  7. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my breathing and other COPD symptoms and support my treatment?
  8. What can I expect from my COPD medication and how long will it take to start working?
  9. How and when should I take my COPD medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my COPD medication?
  1. What is COPD and what causes it?
  2. Is COPD curable or controllable?
  3. How will COPD affect my daily life and long-term health?
  4. What types of specialists do I need to see and when for my COPD?
  5. Are there any symptoms of COPD that should alert me to call you?
  6. Will I need follow-up tests for COPD and if so, how often will I need them?
  7. Could my COPD symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  8. How is COPD diagnosed?
  9. Can my primary care doctor diagnose COPD or will I need to see a specialist?
  10. Could COPD be the cause of my fatigue?
  11. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  12. What are the symptoms of COPD?
  13. What are my treatment options for COPD?
  14. What should I do if my breathing or other COPD symptoms gets worse?
  15. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my COPD?
  16. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my breathing and other COPD symptoms and support my treatment?
  17. How will I know if my treatment plan for COPD is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  18. How can my family and friends support my treatment for COPD?
  19. What can I expect from my COPD medication and how long will it take to start working?
  20. What types of COPD medications are available (pills, shots, inhaled sprays and breathing treatments)?
  21. How and when should I take my COPD medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  22. How long will I need to take my COPD medication?
  23. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my COPD medication?

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Top 10 Questions about COPD

  1. What is COPD and what causes it?
  2. How will COPD affect my daily life and long-term health?
  3. Will I need follow-up tests for COPD and if so, how often will I need them?
  4. What are the symptoms of COPD?
  5. What are my treatment options for COPD?
  6. What should I do if my breathing or other COPD symptoms gets worse?
  7. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my breathing and other COPD symptoms and support my treatment?
  8. What can I expect from my COPD medication and how long will it take to start working?
  9. How and when should I take my COPD medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my COPD medication?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: Jan. 18, 2017 © Copyright 2017 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.


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