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15 COPD Symptoms


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When the airways narrow (from too much mucus or other problems), the air trying to force its way in or out of the lungs can cause a whistling sound, known as wheezing.

“One of the measures of COPD that people use frequently is wheezing, so it feels like the lungs are making a noise when they’re breathing,” Cirillo explains.

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