COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can attribute their COPD symptoms to a few different things including:

  • Smoking
  • Old age
  • Getting a cold
  • Allergies

So rather than  going to the doctor to see if anything is wrong, these symptoms get written off as something minor.

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