12 Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis and Life Expectancy

12 Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis and Life Expectancy

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a chronic and progressive lung disease where the air sac in the lungs (alveoli) becomes scarred and stiff making it difficult to breathe and get enough oxygen into the bloodstream. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to PF prognosis and life expectancy, so we’ve put together a list of important facts to know with help from Pulmonary Fibrosis MD, the Lung Institute, and healthline.com.

  • The overall prognosis of someone with pulmonary fibrosis will differ from person to person depending on their age, overall health, lifestyle choices and the severity of the disease when diagnosed.
  • There are four different stages of pulmonary fibrosis: mild, moderate, severe and very severe.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis patients are advised to undergo pulmonary rehabilitation where they will learn all about the disease, the treatments available, breathing techniques and be placed on an exercise program.
  • As the condition progresses, a person with pulmonary fibrosis is at risk of other health complications including heart attack or failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other lung diseases and infections.
  • There is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis but treatments and therapies are improving all the time.
  • The average life expectancy of someone with pulmonary fibrosis is three to five years but if it’s caught early, treatment can help slow down the progression of the disease.

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  1. Leila Law says:

    Why do you keep saying there is treatment available ?? My partner has been told he is to far gone for treatment as it can only be given when the disease is caught soon enough, so he is to far gone for treatment of any kind, perhaps you should make this clear in your article !! If you can tell me I am wrong I will use your reply as evidence when I sue the Doctor and Consultant that have refused treatment……So what’s your reply ? Is EVERY ONE entitled and suitable for treatment or not ? You have not once said in your FACTS that some people are denied treatment ! You won’t answer this because you know you are so wrong m

  2. robert kurten says:

    I have had ipf for 5 years had numerous spells with it no hospitals yet don’t plan on going to hospital any way nothing they can do already have living will just to let people know just keep doing what you love to do we all have a limited time no one knows when our time will come ive decided to just live the best I can when its time its time I am close to 70 years of age so have no complaints about my life hope everyone understands how short life can be hope every one does well my best wishes for all sincerely Robert Kurten

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