Loss of balance due to dizziness
If you have COPD, you are at an increased risk of losing your balance, falling, or even blacking out. Research has shown that about one-third of patients with COPD suffer at least one fall within the time period of six months. For this reason, it’s especially important for seniors with breathing issues to be prepared in case of a fall.
There are several ways COPD increases your fall risk. Primarily, COPD prevents your blood from being properly oxygenated, meaning your organs and brain are not receiving the oxygen they need. This leads to chronic dizziness and can result in blackouts. Visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible in case you suffer from loss 0f balance and dizziness.