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Is chronic bronchitis fatal?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Progressive...
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is slowly progressive.
Treatments that can slow disease progression include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to qualify. It can be fatal but progression can be slowed with treatment.

In brief: Progressive...
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is slowly progressive.
Treatments that can slow disease progression include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to qualify. It can be fatal but progression can be slowed with treatment.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Possibly
According to the cdc, 639 people died of chronic bronchitis in 2009.

In brief: Possibly
According to the cdc, 639 people died of chronic bronchitis in 2009.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: No...
It has a far bigger effect on your quality of life, especially if you are a smoker. If you do smoke, stop, and it will prevent chronic bronchitis from deteriorating into a more severe condition.
Get an annual flu shot, and a pneumonia vaccine (e.g. Pneumovax).

In brief: No...
It has a far bigger effect on your quality of life, especially if you are a smoker. If you do smoke, stop, and it will prevent chronic bronchitis from deteriorating into a more severe condition.
Get an annual flu shot, and a pneumonia vaccine (e.g. Pneumovax).
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