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Is COPD life threatening?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It can be. If not treated, COPD can be progressive and result in continued loss of breathing capacity, eventually causing death.

In brief: Yes

It can be. If not treated, COPD can be progressive and result in continued loss of breathing capacity, eventually causing death.
Dr. Theodore Cole
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Imagine drowning slowly over 20 years.
That's what COPD is like. If you have copd, and continue to smoke heavily, you very slowly deprive your body of the ability to oxygenate your body and mind. Eventually you might need supplemental oxygen just to get from your bed to your kitchen. And having COPD makes you more susceptible to life threatening infections like pneumonia.

In brief: Yes

Imagine drowning slowly over 20 years.
That's what COPD is like. If you have copd, and continue to smoke heavily, you very slowly deprive your body of the ability to oxygenate your body and mind. Eventually you might need supplemental oxygen just to get from your bed to your kitchen. And having COPD makes you more susceptible to life threatening infections like pneumonia.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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