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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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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 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?

Hard to tell: Given copd, your life expectancy is not as good as if you did not have copd. There is a scale to help physicians predict survival on patients with copd. It is called the bode score. In order to be able to calculate your score, you will need a 6 minute walk, body mass index and lung functions. ...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

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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