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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There are four stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, each with it's own series of various and intermediate symptoms, explains Healthline. Common symptoms include increasing shortness of breath, wheezing, chron... 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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The symptoms of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, include shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, lack of energy, weight loss and frequent respiratory infections, explains the Mayo Clinic. A chronic... More »