What Is the Life Expectancy for Someone With Advanced COPD?

What Is the Life Expectancy for Someone With Advanced COPD?

As of 2014, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease admitted to an intensive care unit have a death rate of 24 percent, states MedicineNet. If that person is over 65, this death rate doubles. Patients with COPD who have lung transplants have a life expectancy of about five years.

If a person with COPD doesn't stop smoking, develops heart failure or has a tough time doing daily activities, he has a very low life expectancy, notes MedicineNet. Doctors rank COPD into four different stages, states Lung Institute. Patients in the stage 1 have mild COPD, and their life expectancies stay close to normal if they remain in good health. Patients in stage 4 have the shortest life expectancy.