Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease evolution
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The evolution of COPD is characterised by three basic traits:
- In the majority of patients the symptoms are persistent, and the disease progresses, fairly rapidly, despite the patient quitting smoking.
- Appearance of recurrent symptoms (decompensations), with a frequency associated with a restriction in physical activity and with a deterioration in their quality of life.
- There is no curative treatment, and the loss of lung capacity is not recovered. However, the available treatments improve the symptoms, and slow down the worsening of the disease.
Substantiated information by:
Núria Seijas, Nurse — Hospital at Home. Néstor Soler, Pneumologist — Pneumology Department.
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