Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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 new name for emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Some non-smokers can also get COPD.
If you are over 40 and smoke or used to smoke, you may already have COPD. Take this quick test to screen for symptoms of COPD:
This COPD test from the Canadian Lung Association website is for information purposes only. It should not replace a complete medical examination by a doctor. If you think you may have COPD or are worried about your health, please see your doctor.
The answers you give are used only to calculate your score. They are not saved.
This content was review on October 4th, by the Canadian Thoracic Society's COPD Clinical Assembly.