A patient with the asthma-COPD overlap syndrome may have a poor quality of life.

In general the quality of life for a patient with the overlap syndrome is worse than either component alone.


Additional factors associated with a worse quality of life:

(1) female gender

(2) obesity

(3) long duration of disease

(4) disability pension

(5) co-existing cardiovascular disease


The presence of the overlap syndrome should prompt a review of the patient's quality of life, especially if additional factors are present.

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