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How does using oxygen treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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If you have severe COPD, you may have low levels of oxygen in your blood. This means your body doesn't get enough oxygen on its own. Your doctor may recommend oxygen treatment to protect your organs, enhance your sleep, improve your daily activity, and help you live longer.

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

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