How Having COPD Affects Life Expectancy

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for two serious lung diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  How patients are affected by COPD will depend on a number of factors including the stage of their COPD, their age, lifestyle choices, how they respond to medication, and general overall health.

MORE: The four stages of COPD.

One of the first questions people tend to ask when they receive a diagnosis of COPD is how long they have to live. However, there is no way to accurately predict how long any individual will live with the disease. According to, those with mild forms of the disease who don’t smoke and look after their health may live as long as a person without COPD. For those with more severe cases, there are things that a person with COPD can do to extend their life and improve their quality of life, according to the Lung Institute.

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a COPD patient can do to extend their life. Enrolling in a pulmonary rehabilitation course will educate patients on their disease, how to best manage it on a daily basis, as well as provide dietary advice and a tailored exercise plan to help them enjoy life.

MORE: Benefits of the COPD Foundation’s pulmonary rehabilitation program.

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  1. Shirley Heche says:

    I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in summer of 2014, my symptoms started out with shortness of breath and chronic cough. The pulmonary disease specialist prescribed me some medications to help my symptoms however the medications did no good and their side effects were too severe. In May 2016, i started on NewLife Herbal Clinic COPD Herbal formula treatment, i read alot of positive reviews on their success rate with the COPD Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 11 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with my breathing, there is no case of dyspnea and chest tightness since treatment, visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website www. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email [email protected] newlifeherbalclinic. com. This treatment is incredible!

    Shirley Heche

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