Look beyond smoking—your COPD may be genetic
Find out if you have a rare
genetic condition called alpha-1.
Treatment options may be available.
For some people, their COPD is actually related to a rare genetic condition called alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency, or alpha-1 for short. This condition is sometimes referred to as "genetic COPD," and is caused by a deficiency in a specific protein called alpha1-antitrypsin. This protective protein plays a critical role in safeguarding the lungs. Having low levels of the alpha1-antitrypsin protein can leave your lungs vulnerable to serious damage.1
The AlphaKit test is a free, quick, and easy way for your healthcare professional to test you for alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency. The processing of this genetic COPD test is also free.
It is important to take your AlphaKit to your next appointment. All it takes is a simple fingerstick for you both to know. If your healthcare professional diagnoses you with alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency, treatments may be available to increase the amount of the alpha-1 protein in your blood.