COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Smoking

COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

El País newspaper, recently reported that, according to World Health Organization, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in developed countries by 2020.

At present, every day 50 people die in Spain because of COPD. Physicians recognize that it is a disease that mainly affects smokers and is that why they consider that his name should be changed to 'tabacosis'. But they decided not to change the name because the snuff is not the only cause of the disease. While it is true that anyone can get COPD smokers represent 80% of patients.

COPD now ranks fifth as a cause of death in the Western world.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease suffer more than two million people and is only diagnosed in one in four cases.

Symptoms of COPD

The main symptoms of this disease are:

  • Chronic cough
  • Expectoration
  • Repeated colds
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath).

Diagnosis of COPD

To diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with spirometry enough, ie, blowing through a spirometer.

One of the main enemies of patients with this disease, and hence the smoking is winter. If people were treated properly and will attribute their symptoms to just the smoking would prevent many visits to hospital emergency.

Official medicine is COPD with oxygen, antiinflammatory and inhalers, but it is clear that the best treatment is to stop smoking. Then contribute our grain of sand with the following items for those who do not want to suffer from COPD in the coming years.

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