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Chronic Bronchitis Stages: Here’s What You Need to Know

27 Sep 2016
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Chronic Bronchitis Stages: Here’s What You Need to Know

Chronic bronchitis stages can sometimes be confusing to parse out. We’re here to help.

Within chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are two primary conditions that are the largest contributors to disease symptoms. One is emphysema, which is used to describe lung changes rather than the disease itself, and the other is chronic bronchitis. Although chronic bronchitis is used to describe a frequent and consistent cough in patients for at least three months every two to three years, many who suffer from the disease are unaware of the process in which the disease is staged. And more importantly, what this could mean for your health moving forward.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here give you breakdown Chronic Bronchitis Stages: Here’s What You Need to Know.

What is Chronic Bronchitis?

As we’ve mentioned before, chronic bronchitis is a characteristic condition of COPD that causes a patient to develop a persistent and long-term cough. Brought about when air passages of the lungs become inflamed, this inflammation occurs within the trachea (the windpipe), as well as in the large and small bronchi. Bronchitis, in this sense, can either be acute or chronic. Unfortunately, bronchitis can often lead to increased sputum production as the inflamed lungs lead to the generation of fluids within the airway linings.

Chronic Bronchitis Stages: Here’s What You Need to Know

The Facts of Chronic Bronchitis Stages

When diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, the disease’s severity and progression can be measured within several stages, using two different testing methods: the GOLD Chronic Bronchitis Staging System and the BODE Chronic Bronchitis Staging System.

The differences between these two systems is pretty simple. The GOLD system uses the FEV1 metric to determine its staging. On the other hand, the BODE system is more complex, using metrics to determine quality of life as well.

The GOLD System can be broken down into four stages:

  • Stage I– Mild emphysema (a normal life expectancy is common)
  • Stage II– Moderate Emphysema (5+ life expectancy with treatment)
  • Stage III– Severe Emphysema (5+ life expectancy with treatment)
  • Stage IV*- Very Severe Emphysema (Time is limited even with treatment)

*Typically those with Stage IV emphysema are on supplemental oxygen*

The BODE System, however, is the preferred method because of its more comprehensive collection of information, utilizing body mass index, airflow limitation (PFTs), breathlessness and exercise capacity through a six-minute walk test.

What Do Chronic Bronchitis Stages Mean for Me?

Even though chronic bronchitis can be a difficult disease to live with, once the underlying causes of the disease are known, it’s possible to address them directly through a variety of lifestyle and behavior changes. For starters, it’s critical to quit smoking immediately upon the diagnosis of a chronic lung disease, such as chronic bronchitis. From there, it’s important to adapt one’s diet in order to make sure vitamin and nutrient intake are at their prerequisite levels. And lastly, exercise can be imperative to increasing general energy levels as well as easing the cardiovascular system as a whole.

Moving Forward…

Chronic Bronchitis Stages: Here’s What You Need to Know

Although chronic bronchitis can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider cellular therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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8 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Darlene:

    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    We do have five clinics around the country.
    Tampa, Fla.
    Nashville, Tenn.
    Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Pittsburgh, Penn.
    Dallas, Texas

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. darlene nash

    4 months ago

    i cell THERAPY in california cause i dont have the money to travel i found out 4 years ago i had copd stage i dont know is it covered by insurance?

  3. M R

    1 year ago

    Hello Nannette,
    Thank you for your question. The cost of treatment depends on which treatment option is selected. In order to know which treatment option is best, more medical information is needed. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way our patient coordinators can go over everything with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. Nannette Pierce

    1 year ago

    I have COPD. I am trying desperately to stop smoking. – step 1. For step 2. Improve my breathing through cell therapy. How expensive is it for treatments

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Bee,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about cellular treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Bee

    2 years ago

    Is stem treatment covered by Medicare?

  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Marianne,

    Thank you for your comment and question. First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with breast cancer and BOOP. In order to qualify for cellular treatment with the Lung Institute, people must not have cancer within 5 years. We extend our deepest sympathies, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Marianne Lang

    2 years ago

    A pet scan showed 2 glass like areas in,lungs along with bulla. I was on interferon for 9 months which was a experimental program for a cure. I developed BOOP.

    I presently have been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Lt. breast. My concern is that the lungs may not be able to handle the cure. Through my
    Nursing career I have been around facilities that where clearing asbestos which might of affected the staff. Would the cell therapy help my condition.

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