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ask: what exactly is ment by last stage copd

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bbnrse

Thank you so much for spelling out the numbers associated with the stages of COPD. It really helps me understand my disease much better. Right now, I am mild, but need oxygen on activity and at night. I also have sleep apnea, severe, central sleep apnea. They recently told me that long term, poorly treated asthma may have led to my COPD exacerbations. I had never heard that before and don't know much about it. Do you have any information on that? Thank you, bbnrse

July 24, 2012 - 11:07am
Rosa Cabrera RN (reply to bbnrse)

Hi bbnrse,

You're very welcome! You might find this short article on asthma and COPD co-existence helpful: http://www.copd-international.com/library/asthma-coexist.htm

Best,

Rosa

July 25, 2012 - 7:20am
Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anon,

Thank you for your post. Here is some information I was able to gather on end stage COPD.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has four stages, I to IV, with stage I being the mildest stage and stage IV the most advanced.

These stages reflect the fact that COPD is a progressive disease that usually worsens over time.

The conventional way that doctors stage COPD is according to the results of the person's pulmonary function tests (also called lung function tests). These are special tests that provide measurements of how much air a person's lungs can hold (the "forced vital capacity," or FVC) and how quickly they can breathe out (the "forced expiratory volume in one second," or FEV1). Doctors compare a person's FVC and FEV1 to predicted numbers that reflect normal lung function in people of the same age, height, and gender. By seeing how much worse lung function is compared to the normal predicted numbers, one can determine the stage of COPD.

This is how COPD is usually staged:

Stage I: Mild COPD

FEV1 is at least 80 percent of normal. In this stage, people may or may not notice any symptoms.

Stage II: Moderate COPD

FEV1 is between 50 and 80 percent of normal. In this stage, people usually experience some shortness of breath with exertion; they may or may not have chronic cough.

Stage III: Severe COPD

FEV1 is between 30 and 50 percent of normal. In this stage, people usually are often tired and short of breath. They may have frequent exacerbation flares (or "flare-ups") requiring extra treatment or even hospitalization.

Stage IV: Very Severe COPD

FEV1 is less than 30 percent of normal; or FEV1 is less than 50 percent of normal and chronic respiratory failure is present (meaning the person needs chronic oxygen therapy). In this stage, people are often short of breath even at rest.

http://www.caring.com/questions/stages-of-copd

We also have some more Expert advice here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/...
Hope this helps answer your question!

February 11, 2011 - 7:51am
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