Dr. Sanderson discusses if chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can cause a feeling of tightness in the chest.
The sensation of shortness of breath can certainly be described by a patient as feeling tight in their chest, and COPD is one of the main factors that would contribute to shortness of breath, particularly with exercise.
About Dr. Sanderson, M.D.:
Dr. David R. Sanderson, M.D., practices at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in pulmonary care. Dr. Sanderson attended the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.