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Advanced COPD

Advancing COPD can have a serious impact on a person’s daily activities. Increased shortness of breath is experienced during exercise, even when it’s moderate. Flare-ups or exacerbations are more frequent, as is coughing and mucus production. Later-stage sufferers often rely on oxygen therapy, and flare-ups from the disease are increasingly serious, even deadly.

COPD Exacerbation: Symptoms and Warning Signs

Patients with advancing COPD are susceptible to life-threatening complications stemming from respiratory viruses and bacteria.

COPD and Pneumonia: Understanding Your Risk

Patients with advancing COPD are both more susceptible to pneumonia and more difficult to treat. Learn why prompt medical attention is key.

End Stage COPD: What Does This Really Mean?

While the term "end stage" may sound ominous and frightening, it's just a clinical term and says nothing about your individual situation.

What a Spirometry Score Can Tell You About Your COPD

Spirometry scores tell doctors how much air you are able to pull into your lungs and how quickly you can expel it.

Managing Advanced COPD: The Caregiver Perspective

Hear from real nurses and caregivers and get advice on helping your loved one maintain the best possible quality of life with later stage COPD.

COPD Life Expectancy and Prognosis

A number of factors come into play such as airflow obstruction, dyspnea, and exercise capacity.


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