12 Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis and Life Expectancy

12 Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis and Life Expectancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis patients will lose an average of between 150m and 200ml of lung capacity each year as the disease progresses.
  • Lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, eating well, maintaining a healthy weight and mild exercise can help with the symptoms of the disease, improving quality of life and extending life expectancy.
  • Prognosis will be worse for patients who also suffer from COPD or pulmonary hypertension.
  • The older a person is, the worse their prognosis generally is. Women usually have a better prognosis than men.
  • There are two medications used to treat pulmonary fibrosis that have been shown to reduce exacerbations and slow down the progression of the disease; Ofev and Esbriet can be used in mild to moderate cases of pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Some PF patients may be eligible for a lung transplant.  This will depend on their age, their overall health, and lifestyle choices.

MORE: 6 Famous People Who Lost Their Battle With Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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