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Title: Shortness of breath--is it chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Austin Authors: McDonald, Christine F 
Affiliation: Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2005
Publication information: Australian Family Physician; 34(7): 541-5
Abstract: Of all the major diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the one for which the burden is increasing the fastest.This article discusses the diagnoses and assessment of COPD, and provides management guidelines including smoking cessation, bronchodilator therapy, the use of inhaled corticosteroids, combination therapies, oxygen therapy, and rehabilitation.Diagnosis is by clinical suspicion in patients with an appropriate clinical history and airflow obstruction is confirmed using spirometry. Although smoking cessation and oxygen in selected individuals are the only interventions known to alter the natural history of COPD, many other treatments can significantly lessen breathlessness, reduce exacerbations, and improve exercise and quality of life.
Gov't Doc #: 15999164
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Administration, Inhalation
Adrenal Cortex Hormones.administration & dosage
Bronchodilator Agents.administration & dosage
Drug Therapy, Combination
Oxygen Inhalation Therapy.methods
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive.classification.complications.diagnosis.therapy
Respiratory Therapy.methods
Smoking Cessation.methods
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