We give you 10 facts about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is not a single disease but a general concept of various chronic lung diseases that damage the lungs and limit the flow of air into the lungs.
COPD is the most common chronic lung disease in the world, affecting 64 million people worldwide. More than 70% of those affected do not know that they suffer from COPD. In world affects 10% of the population there are more than 2 million affected but more than 1.5 million do not know. It is potentially deadly it kills one person every 10 seconds in the world.
The main cause of COPD is tobacco smoke (active and passive smokers). Other risk factors include air pollution, both indoors and outdoors, and inhalation of dust particles and chemicals in workplaces. The diagnosis for the presence of COPD is confirmed by a test, which measures the amount and speed of inspired and exhaled air. Because it has a slow progression it is usually diagnosed in people 40 years of age or older.
COPD is not curable and stopping smoking is essential to prevent the progression of the disease. Several treatments can help control your symptoms and improve the quality of life of patients. For example, bronchodilators medications may improve dispend. The availability of therapeutic options for COPD varies by resource.
Exercise improves oxygen utilization work capacity mentality of patients suffering from the disease. For them low effort activities are easier to perform than high intensity activities. Prevention is key in this disease. Try to follow healthy habits and above all stop smoking and try not to expose yourself to pollutants that damage your lungs.