COPD Prognosis

Overall prognosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) depends on the severity of the lung disease and whether you smoke. If you stop smoking early in the development of COPD, there is a chance that severe symptoms may not develop. If you develop late stages of COPD, you are likely to require extensive medical care and help with every day activities.

Fast Facts:

  • COPD is a chronic disease.
  • Treatment may help prevent complications, prolong life, and improve the quality of life for someone with COPD.
  • COPD is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.