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  1. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - What Is AAT Deficiency Testing?

    A blood test can measure the amount of alpha1 - antitrypsin in your blood. You may have AAT deficiency if your levels are low or if the blood test is not able to find any AAT in your blood. If your AAT level is lower than normal, the blood sample can be tested to look for the type of alpha1 - antitrypsin. People who carry the changed gene may be more at risk for symptoms if they have a certain typ

  2. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Should I Be Tested?

    The decision to have the test is personal. You may have emotional, financial, and family reasons for taking or not taking the test.You may choose to have the test because:You have unexplained lung problems and want to know whether you have this condition.Other people in your family have AAT deficiency.Other people in your family have unexplained lung disease or liver disease.You want to take ...

  3. Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent respiratory illnesses, but these tips may help.

  4. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you:Have shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly getting worse.Are coughing more deeply or more frequently, especially if you notice an increase in mucus (sputum) or a change in the color of the mucus you cough up.Cough up blood.Have increased swelling in your legs or

  5. COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency - Topic Overview

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein normally found in the lungs and the bloodstream. It helps protect the lungs from the damage caused by inflammation that can lead to emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People whose bodies do not produce enough of this protein (AAT deficiency) are more likely to develop emphysema and to do so at a younger-than-normal age (30 to 40 ...

  6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):What is COPD?What causes COPD?Can I prevent COPD?What are the symptoms of COPD?What happens in COPD?What increases my risk for COPD?What is a COPD exacerbation?Who is affected with COPD?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose COPD?How is COPD diagnosed?Getting treatment: How is COPD treated?What medications will I need to take?Will I need ...

  7. Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Home Treatment

    Home treatment can help you feel more comfortable when you have mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

  8. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Surgery

    Lung surgery is rarely used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Surgery is never the first treatment option and is only considered for people who have severe COPD that has not improved with other treatment.Surgery ChoicesLung volume reduction surgery removes a portion of one or both lungs, making room for the remaining lung tissue to work more efficiently. It is used only in ...

  9. Anticholinergics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  10. Methylxanthines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Drug details for Methylxanthines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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