That is one of the effects of COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a condition where airflow into the lungs is hindered. It leaves patients gasping for air and unable to perform basic daily routines.
If you are over 40 years of age, have a history of smoking, experience a persistent cough and shortness of breath. You may be at risk for COPD.
COPD is a treatable and preventable disease and should be diagnosed early. While there is no cure, experts say there are therapies available to improve symptoms and quality of life.