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Signs and symptoms as predictors of COPD in women.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by progressive loss of lung function. The main symptoms are breathlessness, cough, sputum production, chest tightness and falling exercise capacity. Many sufferers are unaware of their condition and attribute the symptoms to ageing or a lack of fitness. Identifying the signs and symptoms that herald the beginning of the disease is essential to improving prognosis. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) provides an ideal opportunity to study the development of these early signs and symptoms in women who have been diagnosed with COPD.

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Prof Julie Byles
Dr Roger Engel
Dr Katie de Luca
Dr Petra Graham
A/Prof Subramanyam Vemulpad
Dr Masoumeh Kaboli Farshchi