The 4 Most Common Complications of COPD

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) refers to a group of lung conditions that get progressively worse over time. COPD prevents the lungs from working in an efficient manner and can lead to a wide range of complications.

The four most common complications are:

1. Pneumonia

In a recent study it was discovered that older adults with COPD were six times more likely to develop pneumonia than people without COPD.

2. Heart failure

Research suggests that approximately half of all people with COPD will develop heart failure. As people age, the risk of heart failure increases to nearly 70%.

3. Frailty

Studies have shown that 58% of people with COPD will become frail. Frailty is associated with weight loss, muscle loss, fatigue, and decreased mobility.

4. Depression

Not surprisingly, COPD can lead to serious mental health issues, in particular depression. As people begin to find the number of things they can do shrinking, their mental health often begins to suffer. Recent studies have shown that the rate of depression among people with COPD was nearly twice as high as those without it.

It goes without saying that a chronic, progressive illness like COPD is associated with a high mortality rate. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

For people suffering from this disease it is important to see your doctor regularly, to take all prescribed medications, and, of course, to quit smoking. Furthermore, getting a vaccine for both the flu and pneumonia can prevent many complications. It has also been found that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including getting enough sleep, enough exercise, and eating a healthy diet can help mitigate the dangers of this common yet serious disease.

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