Don't wait for symptoms to become severe because valuable treatment time could be lost. Early detection of COPD is key to successful treatment. Learn to identify symptoms and early signs of COPD and what to expect from a diagnosis.
What Are Symptoms of COPD?
COPD is different for each person, but some common symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing with sputum (mucus or phlegm), or chest tightness. What type of symptoms you have and how often are important details to share with your doctor.
Early Warning Signs
How Is COPD Diagnosed?
To diagnose COPD, your doctor will evaluate your symptoms, ask for your complete health history, conduct a physical exam and look at test results. Once a diagnosis is made, your provider will discuss a treatment plan.
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Page last updated: March 27, 2023