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What are the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath, easy fatiguability, muscle weakness, chronic cough, repeated infections, lower extremity swelling, and so on.

In brief: Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath, easy fatiguability, muscle weakness, chronic cough, repeated infections, lower extremity swelling, and so on.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Shortness of Breath

The short answer is shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity - some will also develop trouble clearing secretions and chronic/repeat infections sometimes requiring hospitalizations.
If COPD progresses patients can become cachetic/lose weight, suffer side effects from medications, become barrel chested or have fatigue from low oxygenation, require intubations/vent and ultimately die.

In brief: Shortness of Breath

The short answer is shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity - some will also develop trouble clearing secretions and chronic/repeat infections sometimes requiring hospitalizations.
If COPD progresses patients can become cachetic/lose weight, suffer side effects from medications, become barrel chested or have fatigue from low oxygenation, require intubations/vent and ultimately die.
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