Pulmonary Associates of Richmond is now hosting monthly Alpha-1 Deficiency Testing Days, where we offer testing at no charge! Anyone is welcome, even if they are not a current patient with PAR.
Testing for alpha-1 antitrypsin (“AAT” or “alpha-1”) is useful in diagnosing the deficiency as the cause of early onset emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), regardless of common risk factors, such as smoking or exposure to lung irritants like mold, dust, fumes, etc. Alpha-1 is a protein found in blood which is made by the liver. This protein functions to protects the lungs from damage and disease, and it is also a known cause of cirrhosis of the liver (commonly known as liver disease).
All COPD patients should be tested to detect an increased risk of lung disease. Although more than 100,000 people in the U.S. are estimated to have alpha-1 deficiency, more than 90% of those with alpha-1 are thought to be undiagnosed, which is why PAR is hosting testing days at no charge to participants. Because alpha-1 deficiency is genetic, testing allows those who identify alpha-1 deficiency to adjust treatment for uncontrolled asthma symptoms, COPD and early onset emphysema in some cases. Being a common cause these conditions, testing is always a way to determine whether siblings, children, or grandchildren might also be at much higher risk of developing pulmonary or liver issues.
PAR begins testing Wednesday, August 28th from 8:00pm to 4:30pm at our Boulders location, and next month testing will be held at our new West Broad office location (September testing date to be announced soon).
To sign up, please contact the appointment desk with our testing facilitators at (804) 320-4243, or with more questions please reach out to info@PARaccess.com.