Morelia, Michoacán (Bulletin) .- The Ministry of Health of Michoacán (SSM) invited the population to prevent Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the most frequent conditions, with high mortality and high costs in medical care.
The Agency has stated that this condition is chronic bronchitis it's him emphysema pulmonary; is more frequent in larger people 45 years and is characterized by bronchial obstruction and destruction of the pulmonary parenchyma (in cases of emphysema).
It is a disease characterized by airflow limitation, which is not completely reversible. The main risk factor for contracting COPD is smoking, but also exposure to wood smoke, as well as the constant inhalation of dust, fumes, fumes and chemicals.
Among the most frequent symptoms among sufferers are coughing, expectoration and shortness of breath that increase until the patient can climb a ladder or even take a shower or get dressed because they are agitated and short of breath.
Once the illness is diagnosed, the person suffering from the cigarette should be kept away from it and avoid exposure to wood smoke; In addition, the patient should follow the therapy suggested by his physician, which includes treatment with medication and also oxygen therapy, that is, use of oxygen mask for more than 15 hours a day, given the person's inability to breathe on his own. .
Remember that COPD is a disease, often "unknown", associated mainly with tobacco use, so it is essential that smokers over 35 who have these symptoms seek their doctor for a review to rule out that can suffer
According to experts, 15 to 20 percent of smokers are susceptible to develop this disease and it is shown that 90 percent of patients suffering from COPD are active smokers or have been in the past.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that COPD will become the fourth leading cause of death by 2030.