COPD Symptoms & Diagnosis

It is important recognize COPD symptoms and work with a healthcare provider for diagnosis and ongoing management.

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. 

Recognize COPD symptoms

Early Warning Signs

Early detection is key to potentially preventing COPD progression. Take our quiz to see if you have symptoms and risk factors that could be COPD.
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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.

What to expect from diagnosis

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: June 7, 2024

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