Am I Managing my COPD as Effectively as Possible?

July 31, 2012

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On a lung function test, do you know what the FEV1 measures and what your number is?
  1. 0 I know what the FEV1 measures, and I know what my number is.
  2. 1 I’m not sure, but my doctor told me mine is low
  3. 2 I think my doctor mentioned it once, but I forgot what he said.
  4. 3 I have no idea what that is.

Your Results

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • 0

    0-3: Excellent management of COPD

    You seem to have an understanding of how things work and how to use what you know to breathe as well as possible.

  • 4

    4-7: Good management of COPD

    You listen to your doctor and are doing some things right, but could probably do even better with a more complete understanding of the “hows” and “whys” of your COPD.

  • 8

    8-11: Fair management of COPD

    There is a lot you don’t understand about your COPD and because of that, you’re probably not breathing as well as you could.  Keep learning all you can from dependable sources such as HealthCentral.

  • 12

    12 and Greater: Poor management of COPD

    You seem to be in denial about important aspects of your COPD. Ask about being referred to a lung specialist for a complete check-up and basic education.

  1. On a lung function test, do you know what the FEV1 measures and what your number is?

    Correct Answer: I have no idea what that is.

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  2. How well do you manage your COPD, your relationship with your family and getting things done around the house.

    Correct Answer: I haven’t told my family that I have COPD, I gasp for breath all the time, and they don’t notice.

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  3. If you have a lot of mucus what do you do?

    Correct Answer: I keep myself from coughing because I’m so embarrassed about it.

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  4. How well do you know your inhaled medications?

    Correct Answer: When I’m tight, I take several puffs from all of them and hope something works.

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  5. Can you walk 50 feet and feel OK?

    Correct Answer: I don’t walk anymore at all. I use a motorized scooter.

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