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What is the life expectancy of someone who has COPD?

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There are currently no formulas or rules to determine the life expectancy of individuals suffering from COPD, according to the Lung Institute. Although the disease ultimately causes death, there are a number of variables that determine the remaining length of time an individual with the disease has left to live.

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Although there are no hard and fast rules to determine COPD life expectancy, researchers have constructed a general way to predict life expectancy by dividing the disease into stages: Stage 1, mild; Stage 2, moderate; Stage 3, severe; and stage 4, very severe. In general, higher stages of the disease correspond with a shorter life expectancy, reports Healthline.

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