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I have severe COPD and was hospitalised a few days ago with a chest infection. Is the end near?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Patients with advanced COPD can live for prolonged periods of time and there are measures to improve both length and quality of life.
Specifics should be discussed with your doctor. Some measures that can be considered, include optimization of medications, o2 use when appropriate, pulmonary rehab, and lung volume reduction surgery, even lung transplant in highly selected patients.

In brief: Not necessarily
Patients with advanced COPD can live for prolonged periods of time and there are measures to improve both length and quality of life.
Specifics should be discussed with your doctor. Some measures that can be considered, include optimization of medications, o2 use when appropriate, pulmonary rehab, and lung volume reduction surgery, even lung transplant in highly selected patients.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Agree. But there is a serious risk of death every time you get hospitalized.
Dr. William Walsh
The end is nearer than the beginning, but people can live for years with very severe COPD after a severe pneumonia if they quit smoking, weart their oxygen, exercise and manage to avoid another serious infection.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily...
If your oxygen level in your blood is low and oxygen therapy has been prescribed, wear your oxygen all the time as this has been shown to decrease mortality in COPD patients.
The rest of the therapies will control symptoms. Have exacerbations treated early in the course. If you still smoke, quit. Today!

In brief: Not necessarily...
If your oxygen level in your blood is low and oxygen therapy has been prescribed, wear your oxygen all the time as this has been shown to decrease mortality in COPD patients.
The rest of the therapies will control symptoms. Have exacerbations treated early in the course. If you still smoke, quit. Today!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Rodolfo Pascual
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessesarily
It is important that you be followed closely by your doctors, nurses and therapists and take meds as instructed.
This is becuase the risk that you will need to be hospitalized again is now increased for awhile.

In brief: Not necessesarily
It is important that you be followed closely by your doctors, nurses and therapists and take meds as instructed.
This is becuase the risk that you will need to be hospitalized again is now increased for awhile.
Dr. Rodolfo Pascual
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