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What are the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

The main symptom of COPD is shortness of breath, particularly with minimal exertion. In severe cases, you can find yourself short of breath even when resting. You may also experience coughing, sputum or mucus production, tightness in the chest, and wheezing. In the advanced stages of the disease, the symptoms can also include tiredness and weight loss.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Asthma

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