Stage 4 is the last stage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is the most severe form of the disease, and it is characterized by extreme airflow limitation, notes Healthline. More »

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in its final stage is characterized by significantly reduced quality of life due to shortness of breath, according to Healthline. Life-threatening breathing problems may oc... More »

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is measured in four stages using the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease classifications, according to WebMD. Pulmonary function tests are used to measure the patient's ai... More »

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is measured in four stages using the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease classifications, according to WebMD. Pulmonary function tests are used to measure the patient's ai... More »

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Individuals with very mild, stage 1 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, have a normal life expectancy. As the disease progresses, the prognosis worsens. Once individuals are admitted to the intensive care uni... More »

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in its final stage is characterized by significantly reduced quality of life due to shortness of breath, according to Healthline. Life-threatening breathing problems may oc... More »

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lifelong disease that is easiest to manage if caught in its early stages. Although there is no cure for the disease, MedlinePlus says there are many things to do to prevent it f... More »

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