Symptoms of COPD

6) What happens when you are diagnosed – Tests

Weighing scales and tape measurePulse oximiterTest tubes containing blood samplesChest X-rayStethoscopeFeet

  • The doctor or nurse will check your weight, height and the level of oxygen in your blood. (This is called oxygen saturation which is measured using a device attached to your finger).
  • You may need some blood tests and a chest x-ray to rule out other medical conditions.
  • They will listen to your chest for signs of wheeze, infection or any other unusual or abnormal sounds that may be present.
  • By examining your ankles the doctor or nurse can check if they are swollen which can indicate other causes for your breathlessness.
  • A test called Spirometry may be arranged for you. See the Spirometry section on this website.