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Struggling to Breathe As You Get Older? Ask Your Doctor About Pulmonary Testing

September 4, 2015 | Pulmonary/Critical Care

We’ve all heard about the aches and pains of aging such as stiff joints or a sore back. Many people also believe getting out of breath more easily is a natural part of advancing age. However, if you’ve found yourself struggling to catch your breath after walking a short distance, it may be a sign of a pulmonary disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing is not a normal part of aging, but rather an indication of an underlying condition. These symptoms should be evaluated by a primary care physician or a pulmonologist. Pulmonologists are doctors who have received special training in diseases and disorders of the lungs and respiratory system.

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