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When should I call 911 about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Get medical help right away if any of these things happen to you:

  • You have a severe shortness of breath.
  • You can't walk or talk.
  • Your heart beats very fast or it has an irregular beat.
  • Your lips or fingernails turn blue.
  • You breathe fast and hard, even when taking medicines.

From: What Is COPD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD" and "COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Eating Right: Tips for the COPD Patient."

American Thoracic Society: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 06, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD" and "COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Eating Right: Tips for the COPD Patient."

American Thoracic Society: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 06, 2019

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