The Symptoms of Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis

The symptoms of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) can vary based on the extent of damage in the lungs, but are usually slow to develop and often don’t appear until significant damage has occurred. Symptoms can also be episodic and vary in intensity.

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Recognizing Symptoms of COPD

Six Signs of COPD

It’s not always easy to tell if you have COPD. Learn how to distinguish the signs of COPD from symptoms of other health issues.

Asthma Vs. COPD

Asthma is occasionally mistaken for COPD because it has similar symptoms.

Tests and Diagnosis for COPD

Diagnosing COPD consists of a thorough review of symptoms, breathing tests, blood tests, and a chest x-ray.

GOLD Guidelines for COPD

GOLD’s most recent 2012 publication outlines an individualized approach to COPD classification and treatment.

Stages of COPD

When a COPD diagnosis is made, a physician will classify it in stages (mild, moderate, severe, or very severe) according to a person’s symptoms and overall lung function.

Recognizing Serious COPD Complications

COPD sufferers can be at risk for some serious complications that can not only put their health in jeopardy, but can also be fatal.

Old Age or COPD?

As you age, your respiratory or breathing system ages, too. But that doesn't mean you should no longer be able to do the things you love.


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