October 10, 2015
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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) (cont.)

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What is the prognosis and life expectancy for a person with COPD?

  • For people with mild COPD (stage I) the prognosis is very good and they may have a relatively normal life expectancy but this decreases as the severity of staging increases.
  • People with COPD who are admitted to an ICU have an estimated death rate of about 24% and this rate can double for people over age 65.
  • The average life expectancy of a COPD patient who undergoes a lung transplant is about five years.
  • People who have COPD and continue to smoke, have a rapid decline in FEV1, who develop severe hypoxemia, develop right-sided heart failure and/or have poor ability to do daily functions usually have a poor prognosis.


MedscapeReference.com. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Medication.

American Lung Association. COPD: Making Treatment Decisions.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/4/2014

Source: MedicineNet.com

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