Pulmonary Risk Assessment

Thank you for taking our risk assessment!

Risk assessments and screenings are a great way to stay proactive about your health and catch diseases early, when they are much more treatable.  Remember that only a certified medical provider can diagnose diseases.  The result you received on the risk assessment is based on the information you submitted, and a primary care provider is needed to diagnose and guide you through any stages of disease treatment and management.

What does my result mean?

Based on the answers you provided on your risk assessment, you should receive a score between 0 and 10.  This score is emailed to you within two business days of completing the assessment.  

Score

0 - 2

You have a LOW RISK of developing a pulmonary disease. 

This does not mean you are completely in the clear.  You don't need to be actively worried about developing COPD or other pulmonary diseases at this stage in your life, but be aware that the risk increases with age and every exposure to dust, vapors, and cigarette smoke.  Be sure to meet with a primary care provider and communicate openly, so they can help guide you get screenings and make lifestyle changes to ensure pulmonary diseases never have to affect your life.

Score

3 - 5

You have a MODERATE RISK of developing a pulmonary disease. 

Although you may have avoided many of the primary causes of pulmonary diseases, the exposure you have had could eventually lead to disease.  Routine screenings should be a high priority for you.  Form a relationship with a primary care provider, communicate openly and often, and make sure to schedule an appointment every year, if not more.  Let them know about your concern for developing a pulmonary disease so they can help educate, screen, and guide you to detect and manage any diseases in the earliest possible stages.

It is important for you to stay aware and cautious.  

Score

6 - 10

You have a HIGH RISK of developing a pulmonary disease. 

It is important to keep a close eye on your health and check in with a primary care provider often.  The sooner you can catch a chronic disease, such as COPD, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, the easier it will be to treat and manage it.  If you wait a long time to act, the disease could cause irreversible damage to your respiratory system and completely change the way you live.

The most important thing you can do is communicate with your provider about your history and every symptom you are experiencing, and let them know every time something changes.  Remember that pulmonary diseases can progress quickly, and the damage is irreversible. 

What causes pulmonary disease?

There are a number of factors that contribute to different pulmonary diseases.  Some of the common factors include smoking or working around fumes, dust, or chemicals, especially without protection.  Even genetics can play a role in developing pulmonary diseases in rare cases.

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Should I be concerned?

Yes and no. With today’s medical knowledge, chronic diseases can be managed, allowing people to live full, active lives.  However, they need to be caught early and managed carefully.

When pulmonary diseases are not treated or managed, they continue to progress and make it harder to breath.  This damage is not reversible and can lead to major changes in lifestyle.  With rehab, the effects of the disease can be maintained for a long time and people can learn to live with the disease. Even going a year without seeking help can make a huge difference in what your lungs can and cannot handle, and how much time you may end up spending in a hospital.

Like all diseases, it is better to catch it sooner, rather than later or never.

What should I do now?

If you have a moderate or high risk of developing a pulmonary disease, the next and most important step is to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, and be open to discussing everything with them.  They can refer you for screenings and recommend pulmonary rehab programs if necessary. 

After that, continue to meet with your provider and follow all recommendations.  Communicate often to let them know how you are feeling and what changes you are experiencing, and work together to stay ahead of any pulmonary challenges.

How do I learn more?

You can learn more about Perry's pulmonary rehab program online or by calling 815-876-4472.  You can also listen to our pulmonary rehab program coordinator Jan Pistole, RN, CEN, discuss COPD and Perry's services on our Pulse podcast.