COPD Awareness Infographic

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Signs, Symptoms and Effects

Diagram of lungs

What is COPD?

A group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing problems.


What are the symptoms of COPD?

Symptoms of COPD: chronic or smoker's cough, chronic phlegm production, shortness of breath, wheezing

How does COPD affect people’s lives?

People climbing stairs


Difficulty with physical activities like walking and climbing stairs

Sign on door that says 'Out of office'



May not be able to work

Man isolated


Hard to engage in social activities like eating out, going to places of worship, or getting together with friends or neighbors

Confused woman


Increased confusion, memory loss, depression, or other mental or emotional conditions

Woman in hospital bed



More emergency room visits or overnight hospital stays

If you have any symptoms of COPD, discuss them with  your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can help. For more information, visit