It’s estimated that 132,000 Americans are living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, yet very few people are aware of the disease. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) can be an extremely difficult disease to diagnose, mostly because the main symptoms can be attributed to many other diseases.
This video from Boehringer Ingelheim explains that breathlessness and a persistent cough are the symptoms of many lung diseases such as asthma or COPD and it can often take people years before they get an accurate diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis.
Because pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease, it’s important to get a correct diagnosis as soon as possible so treatment can start to slow down the disease progression and to improve patients’ quality of life. Seeing a specialist lung doctor is imperative to getting the correct diagnosis.
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