Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)


Symptoms and Warning Signs

Symptoms and warning signs of COPD include: 

  • Ongoing, long-term cough with mucus
  • Fast breathing or shortness of breath that gets worse even with mild activity
  • Chest tightness
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Wheezing
  • General tiredness
  • Pursing (tightening) your lips when you breathe
  • A “barrel” chest (from over-expanded lungs)
  • Exhaling (breathing out) takes longer than inhaling (breathing in)

By the time you notice these symptoms, you may already have suffered some lung damage that cannot be reversed.  So it is important to act fast to avoid further damage. 


Last Updated October 2017