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What Are the 4 Stages of COPD and the Symptoms of Each? – Healthline

Doctors combine the results of a lung function test with subjective measures of symptom severity to determine your COPD risk. Learn more here.



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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that progress over time. COPD is most common in smokers and people over the age of 40. Its estimated that about 174 million
people have COPD, and more than 3 million people around the world die from it each year.
People with COPD often have trouble breathing, a persistent cough, and shortness of breath. COPD can be subdivided into stages or grades, depending on how far it has progressed.
In its early stages, COPD is barely…

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