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Most people with COPD are at least 40 years old or around middle age when symptoms begin. The severity of symptoms depends on how much of the lung has been destroyed. For instance, if you continue to smoke, the lung destruction is faster than if you stop smoking.
People who have COPD in its end stage may find their symptoms suddenly getting worse. If this happens, you have a much harder time catching your breath. You may also have:
  • Chest tightness
  • More coughing
  • A change in your sputum
  • A fever.
For certain severe COPD symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend that you spend time in the hospital. These symptoms include:
  • You have a lot of difficulty catching your breath
  • You have a hard time talking
  • Your lips or fingernails turn blue or gray
  • You are not mentally alert
  • Your heartbeat is very fast.
(Click COPD Symptoms for more information on COPD's end stage symptoms, including symptoms that may require hospitalization.)
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