What is the outlook for pneumonia?

People who are otherwise healthy often recover quickly when given prompt and proper care. However, pneumonia is a serious condition and can be life-threatening if left untreated and especially for those individuals at increased risk for pneumonia.

Even patients who have been successfully treated and have fully recovered may face long-term health issues. Children who have recovered from pneumonia have an increased risk of chronic lung diseases. Adults may experience:

  • Decreased ability to exercise
  • Worsening of cardiovascular disease
  • Mental decline
  • General decline in quality of life for months or years

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