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

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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What happens in the last stages of copd?

What happens in the last stages of copd?

End-stage...: In the final stages of copd, the patient is typically bed-bound due to severe shortness of breath present even at rest and which worsens with even minimal activity. They require supplemental oxygen at all times. Eventually, they cannot breathe effectively and they become unconscious due to the build-up of carbon dioxide which they cannot exhale. Then, death occurs. Avoid smoking to prevent this.. ...Read more

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What are the last stages of COPD like?

What are the last stages of COPD like?

Challenging: Increasing need for oxygen. Increasing shortness of breath. Less exercise tolerance. More doctor and hospital visits. Need for more help and support. ...Read more

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Should a ventilator be used if they are in the last stages of copd?

Should a ventilator be used if they are in the last stages of copd?

Depends...: A patient in the final stages of COPD would have a high risk of not being able to come off the ventilator. Is this what the patient wants, to live their final days attached to a ventilator? Such a patient would likely need to be cared for in a facility as it would be extremely difficult to care for such a patient at home. The patient needs to make this decision knowing these facts. ...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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How long can a person live with last stag COPD and langerhands cell histiocytosis ?

Depends: COPD is progressive, histiocytosis is more indolent. Pulm rehab and bronchodilator rx can prolong life, but consideration for lung transplant should be under consideration for progressive disease. The life span of advanced COPD with hystiocytosis is around 5-6 yr. ...Read more

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How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?

Unlikely: It all depends if you have trouble in breathing and have any signs of bronchitis .It would help to get a pulmonary as baseline function test ...Read more

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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