Something that's been bugging me - I sometimes wonder if it is a good thing to know that ones got COPD. It seems to me that one start to worry once you know. The more you worry the faster you deteriorate. I'm not talking about those who still smoke - their Dr. should tell them that that their lungs are not well and they should stop immediately. I think there are many people quietly dying at a ripe old age that never knew they had it. Stats say anyway that only half the people who's got it, are diagnosed. Maybe the Dr should just say "your lungs are getting older and you should start to use a bit of medicine for that and please come for regular vaccinations as prescribed."
Once you hear the word emphysema you Google. When I Googled I ran down the street to arrange my funeral and did not stop worrying since.