COPD Awareness - Identifying Symptoms and Risk Factors

COPD illustration of lungs
The symptoms of COPD are usually constant and can slowly progress over many years. Learn about the common symptoms and risk factors of COPD.


Common Symptoms

Common symptoms of COPD might include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • A chronic cough that may produce mucus (sputum)
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Lack of energy
  • Unscheduled physician visits
  • Chronic exacerbations leading to frequent hospitalizations/readmissions

What about Risk Factors?

Smoking is a major villain. Not all smokers get COPD; however, the vast majority of COPD sufferers have either smoked in the past, smoke currently, or have had exposure to secondhand smoke. Long-term exposure to workplace pollutants like toxic chemicals, dust, or fumes are also a risk for COPD. Additionally, genetic predisposition may be a factor, even in the absence of smoking and pollutants.

Lincare Can Help

Living with COPD can be challenging, but you're not in it alone. We are here for you, and providing state-of-the-art pulmonary treatment is part of our standard of care. Our respiratory therapy program may improve health-related quality of life while receiving the medical treatment you need.

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Additional Services

Oxygen Therapy
Respiratory illnesses are common medical conditions, yet being diagnosed with one can still be overwhelming. Fortunately, treatment options and oxygen supplies are available so you can continue living life on your terms. Learn more about our Oxygen Therapy Treatments

Home Ventilator Care
A non-invasive home ventilator is an advanced respiratory treatment that increases your ability to breathe more freely. Learn more about our Ventilator Therapy Services

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