People with COPD usually have one or more of these symptoms:
- a cough that lasts a long time (longer than 3 months)
- a cough with mucus
- feeling short of breath
- lung infections (the flu, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc) that may last longer than other people you know
- wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
- feeling tired.
- losing weight without trying
Feeling short of breath is not a normal sign of aging. Talk to your health care professional if you are short of breath when doing everyday tasks like walking up the stairs.
Smokers and former smokers are at risk of developing COPD. COPD is short for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”, and it’s the name for combined emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Some non-smokers can also get COPD.