Pulmonary Function

Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017

11 ADVANCE FOR RESPIRATORY CARE & SLEEP MEDICINE PULMONARY FUNCTION JANUARY 2017 P U L M O N A R Y F U N C T I O N Getting to the Point of Care Bringing lung function testing to respiratory therapists and primary care physicians will help millions of people through earlier detection and more accurate diagnosis By Georg Harnoncourt   As the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) continues to be a growing challenge to the healthcare industry. With millions of people already diagnosed, an additional 12 million Americans may have the disease without even knowing it, according to the National Institutes of Health. Every four minutes, one person dies from this slow-developing disease. COPD is not curable, but precise early diagnosis, along with ongoing monitoring, will slow the progression of the disease and have a significant impact on quality of life. THINKSTOCK/iSTOCK


Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017
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