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COPD Stages

19 Feb 2016
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COPD Stages

Diving Into The Many COPD Stages

The coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath have landed you a one way trip to the doctor’s office. After spending hours searching online for your symptoms, you believe that you might have COPD. Believe it or not, diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a pretty simple process. You visit a doctor and a test is given using a medical device known as a spirometer, which is used to measure how much lung function a person has. The results? Exactly what you had expected. But this makes you wonder, what is the difference between COPD Stages?

COPD: Stage by Stage

So the verdict of COPD has been given, but there are many more stages in COPD. The method in which doctors and researchers have developed to measure the progression of COPD is known as the GOLD System. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease developed a measurement system that tracks COPD by stages. Currently there are 4 stages of COPD, each with its own description. Here is each stage broken down for you:

  • Stage 1 – This is when COPD is very mild causing very little airflow limitation. Patients might not even be aware that they have COPD at this point.
  • Stage 2 – COPD is present throughout most of the lungs and is causing progressive airflow limitation moderately. This is the stage that post people seek help for symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Stage 3 – This the severe stage of COPD. A patient will experience a decrease in quality of life and common COPD symptoms will multiply.
  • Stage 4 – Known as the end-stage, COPD has progressed to the point that oxygen support is needed, lung function has almost depleted and flare-ups can become life threatening.

If you’re noticing any of the symptoms above or dealing with constant shortness of breath, talk to your doctor or pulmonologist. The sooner someone is diagnosed; the sooner a treatment plan can be established. Unfortunately, there is no cure for COPD, since it’s a progressive and often terminal disease. Though it may seem grim to think about the future when factoring in a chronic lung disease, remember there’s hope.

COPD Treatment Options

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Some people dealing with COPD have found relief in the form of stem cell therapy. Here at the Lung Institute, we’re helping those with COPD regain a higher quality of life with a variety of treatment options. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065.


  1. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Maria,

    Thank you for your questions. Regarding the first, lung disease stages will vary by person, but for direct statistical information regarding our previous patients, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak directly with one of our qualified patient coordinators. In reference to your question on the qualification of our doctors and nurse practitioners, the short answer is yes, our doctors and nurses are qualified by degrees and certifications, however, we welcome you to review our staff individually on our About page.

    If you have any more questions feel free to give us a call!

    We look forward to hearing from you Maria,

    -The Lung Institute

  2. maria

    2 years ago

    my question is what stages were these people in when using stem cell treatment. my other question are these real Doctors and nurses with degrees treating these patients,.

  3. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Linda,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t cover treatment at this time. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. It will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it.

    For other information about becoming covered by insurance, you could try talking with your doctor about possible government and private insurances.

    You can learn more about possible stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our qualified patient coordinators. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Alice,

    Thanks for your comment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding stem cell therapy options at the Lung Institute. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Diane,

    At the Lung Institute, we offer stem cell treatment options for people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. We’re sorry to hear that you and your significant other are going through such a difficult time. If you would like to learn more about possible stem cell treatment options, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Diane

    2 years ago

    Do you only offer stem cell options. My significant other I’m sure has stage 4. It is so hard to see him suffer. Looking for some relief for him.

  7. Alice Linville

    2 years ago

    I was diagnosed mos ago. And am on oxgen now. An then. Just started sleeping with it. I am praying so hard to get the chance to have stem cell and bone marrow done. I have the info on it and is so interested in the. Program.

  8. Linda Ray

    2 years ago

    Is there any help for the uninsured? The disability judge denied my claim although my COPD was documented. I can’t even afford inhalers or doctor visits.

  9. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Jeannette,

    Thanks for your question! We’re happy to hear that your health has improved so drastically. Depending on what stage your doctor diagnosed you, in contrast to how you feel, it may be wise to get a second opinion. Although COPD is a degenerative disease, keeping a healthy diet along with regular exercise can help retain an acceptable quality of life as you get older.

    Hope this helps,

    -The Lung Institute

  10. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Thomas,

    We have clinics nationwide in Scottsdale, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; Nashville Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and soon we’ll have a clinic open in Dallas, Texas as well. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators regarding your questions and to see if there’s a clinic near you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. Jeannette verdi

    2 years ago

    After a move to a warmer weather, I feel awesome. Do you think that the dr possibly diagnosed me wrong? I have stopped all COPD meds. Thanks

  12. Thomas E Perry

    2 years ago

    Will your stem cell treatment ever be more accesible so that some of us will not have to travel so far to get it, air must have portable O2 or car 10 to 12 hours, makes it rea difficult?

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