Understanding the stages of COPD disease progression and your therapy options


COPD is a progressive disease categorised into 4 key stages. The symptoms you experience are likely to increase in severity over time¹. Although there’s no cure for COPD, managing your symptoms proactively, visiting your doctor regularly and adhering to treatment can help you maintain your quality of life for as long as possible².

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COPD Therapy options

  • Ventilation


    Philips Respironics COPD ventilation solutions can help reduce the burden and breathe for you. Learn more about COPD AVAPS therapy & COPD ventilation therapy.

  • Compressor nebulizer systems

    Compressor nebulizer systems

    Nebulizers deliver your medication where it's needed most - your lungs. Many medications begin to work much quicker as a result.

  • Muscle training

    Muscle training

    Using a muscle trainer can improve your breath strength, exercise tolerance and quality of life.

  • Spacers


    A spacer is a chamber that attaches to your inhaler and supports medication delivery into your lungs.

  • Monitoring


    Take greater control of your life and therapy with measurements that can provide you useful information about your condition.

  • Oxygen


    Oxygen therapy can help reduce shortness of breath, make you feel better and allow you to remain active longer.


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Accessed on 10 July 2015.

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Accessed on 10 July 2015.

3. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)
Pocket Guide 2010

4. www.copdfoundation.org, What is COPD.
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

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6. bettersleepandbreathing. Will Living Somewhere Else Help Manage Your COPD?
Accessed on 20 June 2015.

7. Healthline. The Smoking and COPD Connection.
Accessed on 5 August 2015.

8. Web MD. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Prevention
Accessed on 5 August 2015

9. Healthline. Exercise with COPD.
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

10. European Lung Foundation. Living well with COPD.
Accessed on 26th May 2015.