What Are The Four Stages of COPD?

Stages of COPD

Stage I: Early

When COPD first appears, it is very gradual and often takes years to progress, but by the time a patient has symptoms, they typically have already experienced lung damage. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for early signs if you’re at risk for COPD!

Typically, COPD starts with a nagging cough that can be dry or contain mucus. You may also notice shortness of breath when you exert yourself.

When COPD first appears, it is very gradual and often takes years to progress, but by the time a patient has symptoms, they typically have already experienced lung damage. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for early signs if you’re at risk for COPD!

Stage II: Moderate

As COPD progresses, it will start to affect your day-to-day life. Because of this, it’s the most common phase when people go to the doctor.