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How Many Stages Are There In COPD?

1 Apr 2016
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How Many Stages are There in COPD?

Diving Into the Many Levels of COPD

It starts out with coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, which makes staying on the couch sound like your best bet. Perhaps, you put it off for a while, then it’s time to visit the doctor’s office to see what’s wrong. After running some tests, your doctor informs you that you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A COPD diagnosis usually comes with an attached number or stage, but how many stages are there in COPD?

How Many Stages are There in COPD?

Stage by Stage

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 four stages of COPD, each with its own description. It’s important to understand the basics of each stage, so here we have broken down each stage for you:

  • Stage 1 – Often known as “mild COPD,” this stage causes slight airflow limitation. Patients might not even be aware they have COPD at this point.
  • Stage 2 – COPD is present throughout most of the lungs and is causing progressive and moderate airflow limitation. During this stage, most people seek help for symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Stage 3 – This is the severe stage of COPD. A patient could experience a decrease in quality of life and common COPD symptoms will likely worsen.
  • Stage 4 – Known as the end-stage, COPD has progressed to the point that oxygen support could be needed, lung function could deteriorate and flare-ups could become life threatening.

How Many Stages are There in COPD?

COPD is a serious disease that can affect a person’s life in many ways. Since the disease is progressive and there is no cure available, signs and symptoms can impact the overall quality of life. If you have trouble breathing or have questions about COPD, discuss your questions or concerns with your doctor or pulmonologist and ask for more information.

Despite the burden a COPD diagnosis brings, there is hope. The Lung Institute specializes in cellular therapy for COPD patients and patients with chronic lung diseases. If you or someone you know has COPD, contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (800) 729-3065 to learn more about how your quality of life could improve with cellular therapy.


  1. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Betty,

    There are many things to take into account when determining the COPD stages. Because COPD is a complex lung disease, various lung function tests go into placing someone into a COPD stage. Your doctor will be the person to help you determine your COPD stage because your doctor knows you and your health well. You can read more about the COPD stages and how they are determined by clicking here. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding cell therapy for COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Betty cerutti

    2 years ago

    I have copd.mnot sure what stage. I did quit smoking.mgoing on 5 months. I do not cough or wheez but I am short of breath. My phealm is clear at first it was not. What stage would I have??

  3. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear KD,

    Thanks for your questions. Speaking with one of our knowledgeable patient coordinators is the best way to have your questions answered. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, cost and treatment, and they would be happy to speak with you one-on-one. Feel free to contact us today at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. KD

    2 years ago

    My mom is on the list for a double lung transplant. Would she still be eligible for treatment. If she were to receive treatment with the Lung Institute, how would that affect her eligibility for the transplant?

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Emma,

    To answer your questions, it’s best to call us and speak with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment and cost, and they would be happy to answer any questions you may have one-on-one, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Emma Chapman

    2 years ago

    Can Stem Cell treatment help if you are still smoking?

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