Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include:
- Frequent cough, with or without mucus
- Repeated respiratory infections
- Shortness of breath that gets worse with easy activity
- Trouble catching one's breath
- Wheezing (high-pitched whistling sound during breathing)
Because the symptoms develop slowly, some people may not know that they have COPD.
The best test for COPD is a lung performance test called spirometry. This involves blowing out as hard as possible into a small machine that measures lung capacity. The results can be checked right away.
Last Physician Review - January 13, 2015