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What Every COPD Patient Needs to Know About Bacterial Pneumonia

Posted Jul 28 2009 12:26am

By Deborah Leader, RN

By Deborah Leader, RN

It is estimated that more than 3 million cases of bacterial pneumonia occur each year in the United States alone. When treated, it is highly curable. If left untreated, however, it has a mortality rate of about 30 percent.

In patients who are diagnosed with a lung disease like COPD, contracting bacterial pneumonia can cause a downward spiral of repeated lung infections and a further decline of lung function.

So, why does bacterial pneumonia take such a toll on people who have COPD?

Take a look!

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