COPD is a progressive lung disease, which means that it rarely gets better, and depending on what treatments are used and when they are initiated, may worsen. COPD is rarely diagnosed before 40 years old.

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People with COPD may experience chronic cough and fatigue, difficulty breathing, and tightness of the chest, all of which can lead to lower oxygen levels in the blood. Because of this lowered oxygen level, people with COPD may feel very tired.


While COPD can almost never be reversed, the symptoms can often be treated and progression can be at least slowed, and sometimes halted. Drug therapies, oxygen therapies, and occasionally surgery, can be used to help treat COPD.

If you have COPD, it's very important to make sure that your symptoms are managed as well as possible. COPD puts patients at risk for further breathing problems, heart problems, and health issues related to overall fatigue. Many patients who have COPD also receive a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Because of the difficulty breathing that characterizes COPD, OSA has the potential to be even more serious. If you believe you have sleep apnea, it's exceptionally important for you to receive treatment.


While CO'PD cannot generally be reversed, by taking preventative measures like quitting smoking, improving the environmental air quality in your home, and following your doctor's advice about medications and sleep health, you can greatly improve your quality of life. Dr. Rahul Kakkar at Prana Health. has many years of experience and expertise in pulmonary medicine, with a particular interest in treating veterans and soldiers. Make an appointment today to make sure you're breathing as well as possible.