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15 COPD Symptoms


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No symptoms at all

Did we mention that half of the people who have COPD don’t know it? One reason is that COPD may not have obvious symptoms, particularly early on.

“Normally, symptoms are not sudden. They’re creeping,” says Cirillo. People may ignore symptoms like pain and labored breathing. If people don’t notice the symptoms, they aren’t likely to take action.

“That’s why it’s a little bit scary,” Cirillo says. “The illness begins to progress without them even knowing it.”

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