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Many people who have lung disease may be unaware there is anything wrong with their lungs. Often lung disease symptoms are ignored or thought to be “just being out of shape” or part of “getting older”.

The earlier you know you have lung disease, the earlier you and your doctor can take steps to improve your lung health and to prevent further damage to the airway. Some measures such as smoking cessation and avoiding respiratory irritants can help you stop the damage to your lungs.

Spirometry is effective in diagnosing COPD and asthma, tracking the progression of the disease and managing medication changes.


2021 American Association for Respiratory Care