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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...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 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 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 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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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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How can you expect life to bevwith copd?

How can you expect life to bevwith copd?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. The way you can tell how severe it is is with lung function testing. For very severe patients, it can be difficult with shortness of breath, wheezing, low oxygen levels, coughing, and the like. But, if you have mild disease, you can live a normal life. Even with more significant copd, you can live an active lifestyle. See your doctor and get evaluated. That's best. ...Read more

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Is COPD life threatening?

Is COPD life threatening?

Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read more

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Can you lead a normal life spam with copd?

Can you lead a normal life spam with copd?

Possibly: If you have mild COPD and quit smoking and take your therapy and exercise you may achieve a normal life span. However most COPD that comes to the attention of physicians is advanced and likely does contribute to a shortened life span. ...Read more

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How can COPD effect your sex life?

How severe?: Mild COPD may do nothing except may be sometimes coughing at inopportuned time if that is the case. As it gets worse tolerance to activity and even oxygenation becomes a problem. ...Read more

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I've got both asthma and COPD I have to change a lot of things in my life..Can you advise me on how to keep my home asthma friendly?

I've got both asthma and COPD I have to change a lot of things in my life..Can you advise me on how to keep my home asthma friendly?

Asthma/copd: Consult with an allegy specialist to determine what you are allegic to and to teach you how to keep an allergy free house to help control. ...Read more

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How long before chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) take your life?

Depends: COPD is a progressive condition. From first diagnosis the time can be considerable. Today's drugs(not all cases need them), pulmonary rehab, exercise programs and many more can allow a long and productive time. Of course smoking cessation (if applicable) can slow the progression. ...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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Can you tell me about copd, pneumonia and pseudemonous infections on life support ?

Can you tell me about copd, pneumonia and pseudemonous infections on life support ?

Complicated case: COPD is a cause of respiratory failure that may lead to 'life support' on vent. Pneumonia is an independant factor that makes COPD pt harder to get off life support. Pseudomonous is an infection seen with chronic lung disease and can be hard to treat. Some people may be colonized and never clear but may not be an active infection. All combined is a difficult case to get off life support. ...Read more

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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