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Is chronic bronchitis life-threatening?

If it gets to an advanced stage, chronic bronchitis can lead to a life-threatening illness. When the bronchial tubes and lungs become weak enough, it becomes more likely that you will experience respiratory failure, develop lung cancer or a heart or lung disease. You also have a heightened risk for pneumonia. About one percent of people with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease like chronic bronchitis die from their condition every year.

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Does chronic bronchitis affect men and women differently?
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What is chronic bronchitis?
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How do I care for someone with a chronic bronchitis?
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Is research being done on chronic bronchitis?
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