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What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD and emphysema?

What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD and emphysema?

Depends,: The prognostic point scale for COPD is found here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/297664-overview#aw2aab6b2b6aa. For example, of patients who cannot walk 100yards without shortness of breath, FEV1 of 36-49% predicted compared with age match controls, BMI ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

Depends on factors: Such as body mass index, degree of airway obstruction, degree of uncomfortable breathing, exercise tolerance, smoking status, presence of complications including pulmonary hypertension, right sided heart failure, chronic respiratory failure, degree of carbon dioxide retention, frequency of exacerbations, and other medical conditions. I have had patients die in their 50s & some that lived 90+ yrs. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 74 year old male with severe copd?

What is the life expectancy of a 74 year old male with severe copd?

Depends: There are many factors associated with this type of question. How long have you been diagnosed, exactly what is "severe"do you smoke, etc. It has been shown that COPD patients who use pulmonary rehabilitation do better than those who do not. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has been diagnosed with copd?

What is the life expectancy of someone who has been diagnosed with copd?

BODE index: A combination of multiple factors predict survival in patients with copd. One such grading system is called bode index. This takes into account body mass index, severity of breathlessness, distance walked in 6 minutes, and lung function. The last two require testing in pulmonary function lab. Bode index can predict 4 yr survival and risk of hospitalization. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD whose lungs are too damaged for lung reduction surgery?

What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD whose lungs are too damaged for lung reduction surgery?

Varies...: There are many variables so it is difficult to predict. The most important thing for you to do to slow the disease's progression is to stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke as much as possible. If your oxygen level is low enough, use oxygen which will also slow disease progression. Other treatments are available to control symptoms. ...Read more

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End stage copd, recent minor heart attack, what is my life expectancy?

End stage copd, recent minor heart attack, what is my life expectancy?

God knows.: No one can tell you this. There are co-illness that can decrease your life expectancy but no absolute number. Need to exersise and have a great medical and nutritional status. Need to stay off the tobacco and use your heart and lung meds. ...Read more

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Can you tell me for end stage copd, recent minor heart attack life expectancy?

Can you tell me for end stage copd, recent minor heart attack life expectancy?

"end stage": You are using the term, "End-stage". That means what it says. No one is going to give you an exact time. The doctor closest to the person who is ill would be in the best position to tell you if you can expect hours, days, weeks or months. Even the attending doctor is often wrong because each case is different and no one has divine insight. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for COPD and emphysema that can extend my life?

Are there any new treatments for COPD and emphysema that can extend my life?

Oxygen...: The only therapy that is known to prolong life in COPD is oxygen therapy and it is only needed if your oxygen level on room air is below a certain level. All other therapies are helpful for symptom control but do not actually prolong life. ...Read more

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Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Emphysema is a COPD: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) is a group of diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease names do not indicate severity. ...Read more

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What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

COPD: Severe incapacitating shortness of breath and confusion from hypoxia(low oxygen) and carbon dioxide retention. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of emphysema and COPD?

What is the medical definition of emphysema and COPD?

Same thing: copd refers to the decreased airflow seen in the disease. emphysema is the pathologic process in the lung seen with copd. however the terms are used interchangably when discussing tobacco related lung disease. patients fear the term emphysema and prefer copd or chronic bronchitis ...Read more

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Is smog especially bad for people with COPD or emphysema?

Is smog especially bad for people with COPD or emphysema?

Definitely: Smog is air pollution. It increases risk of flare ups, likelihood of hospitalization, and causes increased use of medications. ...Read more

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I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?

I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?

Maybe: If you are a heavy smoker emphysema can occur at an early age (less than 35). There is also a genetic disease called Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency that can cause emphysema to develop at any early age. If concerned you should seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

Maximize lift: Leaning slightly forward, palms resting on the knees, head slightly bent, lips pursed, fast breath in, slow and prolonged exhaling. The goal is to get the respiratory muscles including neck muscles, in the best position for maximal lift, and empty out the lungs as much as possible to make room for more air coming in. ...Read more

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What is the difference between COPD and emphysema?

What is the difference between COPD and emphysema?

Category...: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Many diseases are types of COPD and emphysema is one type of copd. COPD is a more general category! ...Read more

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Is it actually true that COPD will turn into emphysema?

Is it actually true that COPD will turn into emphysema?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for COPD and why? I do not have emphysema.

What is the best medication for COPD and why? I do not have emphysema.

Emphysema: What? Emphysema is copd. There are several reasons to get copd, not just by smoking. But, unfortunately there is no 'best medication' for this. Your pulmonologist, i believe, is most likely giving you the best options available. ...Read more

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Emphysema vs COPD is an important distinction. How do you know the difference?

COPD more broad: COPD is a functional diagnosis, while emphysema is a diagnosis you make on a ct scan or pathology slide. COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue most often due to smoking. Chronic bronchitis is a chronic, productive cough, also most often due to smoking. The end result of both is the same: inability to blow all the air out of the lungs. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more


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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more