6 Main COPD Symptoms & Signs

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The American Lung Association (ALA) estimates that more than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and another 12 million likely have the condition but are unaware of it. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms.


Ongoing Cough. One of the first signs of COPD is a persistent cough that’s often worse in the morning. A cough of this type is often confused with a “smoker’s cough” because it’s productive, meaning it brings up mucus.