Questions to Ask Your Doctor About COPD

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Question 1 of 11

To get the most benefit from treatment, you may want to keep a diary devoted to COPD and bring it with you to discuss with your doctor. This diary should list:

AYour medications and dosages
BExacerbations
CDaily nutrition and exercise information
D1. and 2.
EAll of the above
AYour medications and dosages
BExacerbations
CDaily nutrition and exercise information
D1. and 2.
EAll of the above
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Question 2 of 11

COPD inhalers can be tricky to use, so you should bring your medication with you and show your doctor how you’re using it.

ATrue. It never hurts to have a refresher.
BFalse. I know how to use my medication.
ATrue. It never hurts to have a refresher.
BFalse. I know how to use my medication.
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Question 3 of 11

You got the results of your spirometry test. People who have COPD have:

AAn FEV1/FVC ratio of less than 70 percent.
BAn FEV1/FVC ratio of greater than 70 percent.
AAn FEV1/FVC ratio of less than 70 percent.
BAn FEV1/FVC ratio of greater than 70 percent.
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Question 4 of 11

Which of these is a sign of a COPD flare-up?

AWheezing or coughing more than normal
BIncreased shortness of breath
CMore mucus
DConfusion or excessive sleepiness
ESwelling in your feet or ankles
FAll of the above
AWheezing or coughing more than normal
BIncreased shortness of breath
CMore mucus
DConfusion or excessive sleepiness
ESwelling in your feet or ankles
FAll of the above
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Question 5 of 11

Ask your doctor what you can do to avoid infections and other causes of COPD exacerbations. If you can’t afford your COPD medication, you should:

A Ask your doctor for a two-week sample of a drug you already take or for a coupon for that drug
BTake a half-dose of the medication
A Ask your doctor for a two-week sample of a drug you already take or for a coupon for that drug
BTake a half-dose of the medication
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Question 6 of 11

Medication is the only effective therapy for COPD.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 7 of 11

The best candidates for pulmonary rehabilitation are:

APeople with severe COPD
BPeople with moderate COPD
CPeople with mild COPD
DAll of the above
APeople with severe COPD
BPeople with moderate COPD
CPeople with mild COPD
DAll of the above
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Question 8 of 11

Some exercise is important for people with COPD, but you should avoid these activities:

ASnow shoveling or lawn mowing
BWalking up long, steep hills
CAny heavy lifting or pushing
DExercising outdoors when the weather is cold, hot, or humid, or when the pollution index is high
EAll of the above under certain circumstances
ASnow shoveling or lawn mowing
BWalking up long, steep hills
CAny heavy lifting or pushing
DExercising outdoors when the weather is cold, hot, or humid, or when the pollution index is high
EAll of the above under certain circumstances
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Question 9 of 11

Your doctor will probably prescribe oxygen therapy for your COPD when:

AThe oxygen concentration in your blood is less than 88 percent
BThe oxygen concentration in your blood is less than 78 percent
AThe oxygen concentration in your blood is less than 88 percent
BThe oxygen concentration in your blood is less than 78 percent
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Question 10 of 11

If a little oxygen is good, more is better.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 11 of 11

Could this quiz prompt a discussion with your doctor about your COPD treatment?

AYes, I think it could help.
BNo. My doctor doesn't have time for questions.
AYes, I think it could help.
BNo. My doctor doesn't have time for questions.
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