Approximately 210 million patients worldwide suffer from COPD. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is the third cause of death worldwide.
The abbreviation COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Signs such as respiratory problems and persistent cough are the first symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
The causes are harmful substances such as those contained in cigarette smoke and the fine dust that sticks to the lungs and cause inflammations. While those symptoms may appear sporadically, alterations can recede if the cause is eliminated. The consequence is the progressive reduction of lung functions. If it is not chronic bronchitis, it can become Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The consequence is the progressive reduction of lung alveolus (pulmonary emphysema). This also causes pulmonary hyper-inflammation. Lungs lose slowly their capacity to work. People affected have problems breathing and the lack of air reduces their capacity. At the beginning, the disease is noticeable during efforts and when it is more advanced it is also noticeable at rest.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease cannot be cured completely, but for each phase of the disease, there are therapies to stop it.
The first and most important is to stop smoking immediately. If not, treatment is useless. Therapy consists in medicines, physical activities, breathing therapy, adapting the diet and various preventive measures. If patients respect those medical instructions, they will stand good chances of maintaining or even improving their lungs' health.
published in the Fuerteventura Magazine HOY