Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)


Symptoms of the two major causes of COPD are different.

Chronic Bronchitis

The symptoms of chronic bronchitis are a cough that brings up mucus and lasts at least 3 months. The cough may go away then come back again.


  • Shortness of breath with even low levels of activity.
  • Long-lasting cough that produces mucus.
  • Chest tightness.
  • Frequent respiratory infections.
  • Wheezing.
  • General tiredness and lack of energy.

By the time a person notices symptoms, they may already have some lung damage that cannot be reversed. Often people blame their symptoms on getting older or being out of shape.

It is important to tell your healthcare provider about any of these symptoms so you can act to avoid further damage.  


Last Updated May 2023

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