As of 2012, COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death in Canada

Know the signs

Sign

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Persistent cough Coughing up phlegm Shortness of breath Breathlessness

A regularly occurring cough or a cough that lasts a long time. If you have a persistent cough, talk to your doctor about your COPD. Increased mucus production or a change in the colour and/or thickness of the mucus. If you have been coughing up phlegm, talk to your doctor about your COPD. When doing even simple chores makes you short of breath. If you’ve been experiencing shortness of breath, talk to your doctor about your COPD. Having to adjust your lifestyle on account of your
breathlessness. If you’ve experienced breathlessness,
talk to your doctor about your COPD.

Are these signs familiar? Take the quiz below,
then share the results with your doctor.

COPD is short for

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema

COPD: Behind the symptoms

The tiny air sacs at the tip of the lungs become damaged. This makes it hard to move air in and out of the lungs.

COPD: Behind the symptoms

The airways become red, swollen and irritated. Extra mucus blocks some air from passing through.

Airways of a person with COPD

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Red, swollen and irritated airways

Air sacs of a person with COPD

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damaged air sacs

Persistent cough. Changes in phlegm production. Increased shortness of breath. If you’ve been experiencing these signs, talk to your doctor about your COPD.

Although COPD cannot be cured it is treatable at any stage of the disease. Learn the signs and talk to your doctor today.

How are your COPD symptoms?

Take this short quiz and find out

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Do even simple chores make you short of breath? Doing simple chores make me short of breath
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Have you had an unusual increase in coughing? I’ve had an unusual increase in coughing
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Have you had an unusual increase
in coughing up phlegm?
I’ve had an unusual increase in coughing up phlegm
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Have you had to adapt your lifestyle
because of your breathlessness?
I’ve had to adjust my lifestyle on account of my breathlessness

If you answered yes to any of these questions,
print these results and take them to your doctor.

Now’s the time to learn the signs.