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What are the symptoms that you may be very close to death with end-stage COPD?

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End-stage COPD is also called stage IV. It means your treatments no longer help. Your doctor can’t say exactly how close you may be to dying. That’s because COPD follows its own path in each person. Still, signs that you’re nearing the end include:

  • Breathlessness even at rest
  • Cooking, getting dressed, and other daily tasks get more and more difficult
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • More emergency room visits and hospital stays
  • Right-sided heart failure due to COPD

SOURCES:

British Lung Foundation: “What Are the Physical Signs in the Last Weeks or Days?” “How Do I Care for a Loved One at the End of Life?”

American Lung Association: “Learn about COPD,” “Planning for the Future with COPD,” “Palliative Care and COPD.”

Samaritan Hospice and Palliative Care: “End-Stage COPD: What to Expect at the End of Life.”

Stanford School of Medicine: “Home Hospice: Home Care of the Dying Patient.”

Hospice UK: “Being with Someone When They Die.”

End of Life Washington: “The Symptoms of Dying.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 30, 2020

SOURCES:

British Lung Foundation: “What Are the Physical Signs in the Last Weeks or Days?” “How Do I Care for a Loved One at the End of Life?”

American Lung Association: “Learn about COPD,” “Planning for the Future with COPD,” “Palliative Care and COPD.”

Samaritan Hospice and Palliative Care: “End-Stage COPD: What to Expect at the End of Life.”

Stanford School of Medicine: “Home Hospice: Home Care of the Dying Patient.”

Hospice UK: “Being with Someone When They Die.”

End of Life Washington: “The Symptoms of Dying.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 30, 2020

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