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The GOLD international COPD guidelines, as well as national guidelines, advise spirometry as the gold standard for accurate and repeatable measurement of lung function. Evidence is emerging that when spirometry confirms a COPD diagnosis, doctors initiate more appropriate treatment. Spirometry is also helpful in making a diagnosis in patients with breathlessness and other respiratory symptoms and for screening in occupational environments.1

  • Over 16 million US adults have a diagnosis of COPD
  • About 9 million US adults were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis in 2017
  • About 3.5 million US adults were diagnosed with emphysema in 2017
  • COPD is the cause of over 7 million emergency department visits each year
  • COPD is the fourth most common cause of mortality in the US, as well as the fourth leading cause of disability


1Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (Updated 2007)