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My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?

My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?

COPD: smoke will continue to damage her lung tissue and eventually she will not be able to collect enough oxygen from the air and require extra oxygen. COPD is serious issue and you should continue to encourage her to quit smoking. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Sometimes i have a barely audible wheeze. i do not cough, not breathless,22y.o., used to smoke for 5 years but i quit 8 months ago. could i have copd?

Sometimes i have a barely audible wheeze. i do not cough, not breathless,22y.o., used to smoke for 5 years but i quit 8 months ago. could i have copd?

Unlikely COPD but: You should see your doctor to get a sense of where the wheeze is coming from and the cause. COPD usually takes longer to develop and is quite rare in someone of your age. You could have some form of irritant airway reactivity, but remember, not all wheezing come from deep in the lungs, sometimes it come from the higher up in the wind pipe or throat. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How could I have the beginning stage of COPD when I haven't smoked for very long?

How could I have the beginning stage of COPD when I haven't smoked for very long?

People are different: Some people can smoke for many decades with minimal lung disease while others are so severe they can die or need a lung transplant before they reach age 40. Individual responses vary. ...Read more

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Can teens that weren't directly around second hand and don't smoke personally get COPD? Also is it likely?

Can teens that weren't directly around second hand and don't smoke personally get COPD? Also is it likely?

Very unlikely: although the main cause for COPD is tobacco smoke, exposure to other noxious fumes in heavily polluted areas or industries can cause the disease, unlikely in your case ...Read more

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Had morning cough for a month had normal chest X-ray 6months ago but tech said I had really long lungs. Is this COPD? Cough started when I quit smoke

Had morning cough for a month  had normal chest X-ray 6months ago but tech said I had really long lungs. Is this COPD? Cough started when I quit smoke

Possibly yes.: Tech MAY be referring to Hyperinflation(over expansion) of the lungs. COPD is the most common cause. In COPD there is an inability for the lungs to empty normally on expiration due to loss of Elastic recoil and Collapse of the small airways(bronchioles). The overinflation is a compensation to increase elastic recoil. See> http:///bit.ly/2gEJZAc Being a former smoker suggests you likely have COPD ...Read more

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How long would one live with copd?

How long would one live with copd?

Potentially Long: COPD is not a death sentence. It can be treated quite effectively, and many patients live long, productive lives despite their diagnosis.

The prognosis of COPD varies greatly, depending on its severity and how much lung function has been lost. And it is important to get regular follow up, take your treatments regularly, get all important vaccines (especially flu and pneumovax). And, stop smoking. ...Read more

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Is it common to get COPD at age 37?

Is it common to get COPD at age 37?

COPD at young age.: It's a bit young to get COPD at age 37. Its possible if you were exposed to a lot of second hand smoke as a child and through into adulthood. As well, some medical conditions can cause COPD regardless of exposure to cigarette smoke. Or you could just be genetically predisposed and thus more vulnerable than others. ...Read more

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Does COPD get worst? And do you die from it?

COPD : Yes- it is chronic and progressive. Yes-people die from it! ...Read more

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How long does someone with COPD usually live?

Depends: Depends on the severity of COPD and even then, each individual is different...So difficult to predict. ...Read more

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How long can you live with COPD after diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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How long will you have once diagnosed from copd?

How long will you have once diagnosed from copd?

Variable: COPD has multiple stages. People can live decades and normal lifespans with copd. Depends on the rate of decline in lung function. Stages used to be numbered 0 to 5. Stage 5 very severe generally life span if not getting sick/pneumonia/respiratory failure 5-10 years still. ...Read more

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How long can someone survivie with advanced copd?

Variable: Some people with advanced COPD (poor fev1s) can survive for years - the trajectory of worsening and how often a person has "exaccerbations" is better indicator of a person's reasonable life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get COPD if you're not a smoker?

COPD: Yes. COPD can result from second hand smoke exposure in nonsmokers, occupational exposures, and genetic abnormalities as well. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with mild to moderate copd?

How long can someone live with mild to moderate copd?

Optimistic!: Good treatment is available for maintenance of COPD patients. Prognosis is good for those who are compliant with doctor's advice! ...Read more

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How long do you live after being diagnosed with copd?

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. ...Read more

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How long do the benefits of having lvrs for COPD last?

How long do the benefits of having lvrs for COPD last?

LVRS: Lvrs is usually done in pts w large bulla (air pockets) theory is that it allows the air pressure mismatch that has formed inside vs outside chest cavity to normalize (even though the actual amount of tissue is less, the tissue removed is no longer "working" ; the effect makes the other tissue less effective). Surg often makes quality life better but COPD tends to be progressive even after. ...Read more

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If you are diagnosed with COPD how long do you live after?

If you are diagnosed with COPD how long do you live after?

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. ...Read more

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What is a way to actually get a definitive diagnosis of copd?

PFTs...: Pulmonary function tests will definitively diagnose COPD by demonstrating the presence of airway obstruction that is not reversible with bronchodilators. See your doctor to have this testing done! ...Read more

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If you never smoked anything, is there any chance of getting copd?

Small: About 5-10 % of cases of COPD are not linked to smoking. The bulk of these have poorly controlled asthma, in which the asthma which is mostly reversible begins to leave behind a degree of "fixed" airway obstruction. ...Read more

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About how long does one stay in each stage of COPD? What does it depend on.?

About how long does one stay in each stage of COPD? What does it depend on.?

Depends: If otherwise healthy and following proscribed health regimen, can stay in current stage for lifetime and even improve marginally. In a person who has stopped smoking, the primary cause for step-wise decreases in lung function is respiratory infection. Be wary of sick contacts, practice good hygiene and get appropriate vaccines. Good luck! ...Read more

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51 yr old female diagnosed with COPD. Mild to moderate. How long before I start suffering? And how long do I have to live?

51 yr old female diagnosed with COPD. Mild to moderate. How long before I start suffering?  And how long do I have to live?

Unpredictable.: You'd be certainly accelerating the process of decline if you're still smoking. If not, it's unpredictable, but certain medications and oxygen therapy have been shown to improve life expectancy in more advanced forms of COPD. ...Read more

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Would all patients admitted with COPD exacerbation get abgs drawn up?

Would all patients admitted with COPD exacerbation get abgs drawn up?

Interesting question: If you ask me, most if not all such patients should get abgs. Physicians practice differently though and not all do this. There are no hard guidelines and standard of care for that as far as I am aware, unless the patient is in respiratory failure/intubated where abgs guide the management. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get COPD from 2 years of smoking?

Is it possible to get COPD from 2 years of smoking?

Highly unlikely: Unless your lungs are very sensitive to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, it is quite unlikely to develop COPD after 2 years of smoking.

That said, i would quit smoking even if you have been smoking for 2 hours. It is harmful, dangerous, and causes a whole host of health problems.

And...It is expensive. ...Read more

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After smoking for a year and a half, can I get copd?

After smoking for a year and a half, can I get copd?

Less Likely : Unless your lungs are very sensitive to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, it is quite unlikely to develop COPD after 1 year and a half of smoking.

That said, i would quit smoking even if you have been smoking for 2 hours. It is harmful, dangerous, and causes a whole host of health problems.

And...It is expensive. ...Read more

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Why does a COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Narrowed Plumming: Through means we do not completely understand, people with COPD have narrowing of the tubes that deliver air to sacs in the lung where oxygen is absorbed. This is probably due to prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the tissue. The pressure from breathing out can further compress the tubes. The smaller the tube the longer it takes the air to pass. ...Read more

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Why does this COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Why does this COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

COPD: COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or airways. ...Read more

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