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15 COPD Symptoms

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Shortness of breath

In technical terms, this is called dyspnea. In real life, you may feel shortness of breath that gets worse during exercise or exertion.

With time, people with COPD can struggle to catch their breath even when getting dressed or doing other daily activities.

The difficulty comes from a lack of flexibility in the lungs and an inability to compress the lungs enough to expel air, says Jeffrey D. Cirillo, PhD, of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in College Station.

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