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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - what are the signs and symptoms of end stage COPD?

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Marvell 3 Nov 2009

Possible Complications or symptoms of End Stage COPD.

* Irregular heart beats (arrhythmias)
* Need for breathing machine and oxygen therapy
* Right-sided heart failure or cor pulmonale (heart swelling and heart failure due to
chronic lung disease)
* Pneumonia
* Pneumothorax

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jcrowder0027 19 Mar 2012

A person who is in the end stage of COPD has severe airflow limitation. This person is short of breath after just a little activity. With very severe COPD, complications like respiratory failure or signs of right-sided heart failure may develop. At this stage, the quality of life is greatly impaired and the worsening symptoms may be life-threatening.

When your COPD symptoms are severe (end stage), your doctor may recommend several treatment options. Some of these treatments may include one or more inhaled bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, and oxygen therapy.

In some cases, surgery may be recommended. There are two main types of surgery for COPD in its end stage. These include a lung transplant or a bullectomy.

eljay99 31 Jul 2012

I have most of those systoms, is there any medications I can take, besides the main ones which I already have tried. Thank you so much for your comment. free discount card

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