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Why Does COPD Cause Chest Tightness?

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Updated July 02, 2009

Question: Why Does COPD Cause Chest Tightness?
Answer: COPD can cause the chest to feel tight because of an increased amount of mucus that is consolidated in the lungs and/or the narrowing or blockage of the airways.

Chest tightness is often associated with lung infection, such as seen with chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis. It can also be related to the narrowing of the airways that occurs in asthma. Chest tightness can make it difficult to get air in or out of your lungs.

Chest tightness can often be relieved through medication and aerosol therapy.

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