COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) (cont.)
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COPD gradually gets worse over time.
Shortness of breath gets worse as COPD gets worse.
It's very important to stop smoking. If you keep smoking after being diagnosed with COPD, the disease will get worse faster, your symptoms will be worse, and you will have a greater risk of having other serious health problems.
The lung damage that causes symptoms of COPD does not heal and cannot be repaired. But if you have mild to moderate COPD and you stop smoking, you can slow the rate at which breathing becomes more difficult. You will never be able to breathe as well as you would have if you had never smoked, but you may be able to postpone or avoid more serious problems with breathing.
Other health problems from COPD may include:
Care at the end of life
Treatment for COPD is getting better and better at helping people live longer. But COPD is a disease that keeps getting worse, and it can be fatal.
It's important to talk with your doctor about these issues:
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