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When to Call A Doctor

Call your doctor if you develop:

  • New shortness of breath

  • A persistent cough, with or without phlegm

  • A decrease in your usual ability to exercise

  • Frequent respiratory infections

If you smoke, see your doctor about ways to quit. Several different types of treatment can increase your likelihood of success compared to "going cold turkey." These include medications and counseling.

You also should see your doctor if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with AAT deficiency.

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