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The host comes full screen. He is a male around the age of 45 to 55. He is a “NASCAR dad”-type of guy, plain spoken and likeable, dressed in khakis and plaid shirt. We see he is at a lunch counter in a diner.
Host shows us a half- page COPD PSA in newspaper, holding it up for us to see.
Are you constantly coughing, what we often call “smoker’s cough”? Do you get short of breath doing things that you used to be able to do? Do you ever feel like you can’t breathe or can’t take a really deep breath? Do you find yourself wheezing? Well, all of these are symptoms of COPD.
You know, it’s really important that you talk to your doctor and let him know what you’re experiencing. And you should also ask about getting a breathing test called spirometry.
It’s a simple test that can probably be done in your doctor’s office. And I have a video.
Edna pulls up video on her computer of spirometry which comes full screen while Edna talks over it.
Spirometry measures how well your lungs function.
Nurse on video:
…and blow it out. Blow, blow, blow, blow….
Your doctor will be able to assess how well your lungs are working and whether or not you need to worry about COPD.
So the key here really is getting diagnosed.
Absolutely. From there, you and your doctor can come up with a plan to help you breathe easier, relieve your symptoms, and lead a more active life.