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When should you get medical help about stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms?

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Get medical help right away if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Faster heartbeat than normal
  • Hard time catching your breath or talking
  • Lips or fingernails turn blue or gray
  • Seem out of it or not very alert (Your loved ones can keep an eye out for this.)

From: Stage III (Severe Stage) COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

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

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

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

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

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

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

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

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

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

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

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

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 19, 2018

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