What are complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be very difficult, even with medicines, because being short of breath makes it hard to do normal everyday things. Living with COPD can also be scary. COPD may make people anxious about leaving the house, which can make them feel isolated, lonely and sad.

There are several complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), some more common than others. Recurrent pneumonia is common and can lead to people being hospitalized for treatment. Longstanding COPD can cause heart failure because the heart is strained with pumping blood to the diseased lungs. Respiratory failure can occur when people have infections like flu or pneumonia, or with advanced COPD. People are also more likely to have depression, especially if the disease prevents people from doing activities they used to enjoy.

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