A 18-year-old member asked:
how long do you live after being diagnosed with copd?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Care for Lungs well: With COPD if you prevent further damage you can prevent progression of disease. Take n-acetyl cysteine daily gives extra energy to mitochondria and acts as a mucolytic too.
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Difficult: Determining prognosis in COPD is very difficult. One published prognosis guide is a calculation called the bode index - it uses body weight, lung function, exercise capacity and a dyspnea score to estimate prognsosis. It is available obline.
A 36-year-old member asked:
How long can you live with COPD after diagnosed?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
A long time: Although it depends a little on how severe the COPD is, for the most part, you can live a very long time with copd. I have patients with COPD getting treatment who live a very long time, and they have good, healthy, happy lives.
If you get diagnosed with copd, see a doctor and get treated. You can really have a productive life despite the disease.
A 48-year-old member asked:
How does having COPD affect a VQ scan?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pulmonology 35 years experience
Yes: If a patient has bullous emphysema it will affect the flow then the v/q scan.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Which of the following symptoms associated with COPD is considered a late manifestation?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Hard to answer: Of c course frequent need for a rescue inhaler, hospitalizations, need for oxygen, etc are indications. Late manifestations are also seen in progressively diminishing spirometry studies. There are other symptoms that can best be discussed with your pulmonologist.
A 29-year-old member asked:
What are causes of alveolar wall damage in copd?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctor answered
Imbalance: We have chemicals called proteases which can break down tissue and anti-proteases which turn them off. People susceptible to COPD have an excess of proteolytic enzymes which break down the alveolar wall over time.
A 45-year-old member asked:
If you are diagnosed with COPD how long do you live after?
1 doctor answer • 5 doctors weighed in
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Depends: It depends on how bad your COPD is whether you are oxygen dependent, whether you have other comorbid conditions such as CHF etc. With treatment generally you can live longer-- difficult to predict, may be 10 years or more.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017
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