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    What are the symptoms of COPD?

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    Lung Foundation Australia was established in 1990 by a group of thoracic physicians concerned about the chronic shortage of funds for research work in respiratory ... View Profile

    The symptoms of COPD are shortness of breath, regular cough which produces phlegm and recurring chest infections. 
     
    A simple lung health checklist will help you to identify whether you might be at risk of COPD.
     
    If you are 35 years or more, are a smoker or ex-smoker and say yes to any of the following questions, see your doctor for a spirometry test.
     
    Do you:

    • Cough several times most days?
    • Cough up phlegm or mucus most days?
    • Get out of breath more easily than others your age?
    • Have frequent chest infections?
    • Work or have you worked in a job that exposes/ed you to dust, gas or fumes??
     
    You can also complete an interactive Lung Health Checklist on The Australian Lung Foundation website at:  www.lungfoundation.com.au
     

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