COPD Final Stages
In the final stages of COPD, there is severe airflow limitation. A person is short of breath after just a little activity. With very severe COPD, complications like respiratory failure or signs of right-sided heart failure may develop. At this stage, the quality of life is greatly impaired and the worsening symptoms may be life-threatening.
When your COPD symptoms are severe (final stage), your doctor may recommend several treatment options. Some of these treatments may include one or more inhaled bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, and oxygen therapy.
For people with severe COPD, surgery may be recommended. There are two main types of surgery for COPD in its final stages. These include a lung transplant or a bullectomy.
(Click COPD Stages and COPD Treatment for more information on the final stages of COPD, including how severe COPD symptoms can be treated.)