Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Signs and Symptoms
COPD diagnosis often surprises people. It might start with being short of breath while walking up or down the stairs or a cough that does not go away. Some people think that feeling short of breath is a normal sign of aging, but that is not the case.
People with COPD usually have some or all of these symptoms:
- feeling short of breath, especially during physical activity
- feeling tired
- a cough that lasts longer than three months
- coughing up mucus
- getting several infections such as the cold, flu or pneumonia and taking longer to recover
See your doctor if you have these signs and symptoms.
Canadian Lung Health Test
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.
This page was updated November 2019.