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A caregiver will assess the patient’s symptoms and perform various breathing tests in order to diagnose COPD, such as:
There is no cure for COPD, but symptoms can be managed and the progression of the disease can be delayed.
Avoiding exposure to the cause of the patient’s lung damage will help prevent COPD from worsening. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD, and quitting smoking is the most important step patients with COPD can take. Continuing to smoke will cause further damage to the lungs, and will reduce the effectiveness of other treatments.
In addition, physicians will suggest one or more forms of treatment to help manage the symptoms of COPD, such as:
For end-stage COPD, physicians may recommend lung volume reduction procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of only a few centers worldwide to offer innovative bronchoscopic lung volume reduction techniques, including endobronchial valves.
For patients with very severe lung disorders, the program also offers evaluation for a possible lung transplant, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic in the United States and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Lung Transplant Program service.
The combined skills and expertise of this multidisciplinary team provide the highest quality and most comprehensive care for COPD, from early to advanced stages of the disease. The team includes: