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What do you need to know about stage II chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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As chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) gets worse, it limits your airflow more and more. By stage II, your symptoms are usually no longer something you can just shrug off. They start to affect your daily life.

Since it's sometimes easy to miss the early signs of COPD, this is the stage where a lot of people go to the doctor to find out what's going on -- and may first learn they actually have the disease.

From: Stage II (Moderate Stage) COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD," "Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : "Fatigue in COPD and the Impact of Respiratory Symptoms and Heart Disease -- A Population-based Study."

National Jewish Health: "COPD."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Family Physician: "Management of COPD Exacerbations."

Merck Manual, Professional Version: "Treatment of Acute COPD Exacerbation."

Cleveland Clinic: "4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD," "Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : "Fatigue in COPD and the Impact of Respiratory Symptoms and Heart Disease -- A Population-based Study."

National Jewish Health: "COPD."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Family Physician: "Management of COPD Exacerbations."

Merck Manual, Professional Version: "Treatment of Acute COPD Exacerbation."

Cleveland Clinic: "4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 14, 2018

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