Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is already the second cause of deaths worldwide, following ischemic heart disease caused by vascular vessels in the vascular vessels, that is, those responsible for blood to the heart muscle or myocardium.
This was revealed in a report by Lancet Global Disease Burden, which states that COPD is underestimated in statistics because it is not an important or visible cause of death because there are usually no complications and other diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular, etc.).
"Patients with COPD do not kill it, but from many other complications," said Pulmonologist Javier Palicio, President of Fenaer (Spanish Federation for Allergic Patients and Respiratory Disorders), and recorded the Quo website.
This disease causes cough, expectoration, mild, moderate or severe dyspnoea. The difficulty is to distinguish a cough from a smoker and a cough that is caused by COPD. "The smoker's cough is always pathological, it's a mechanism for defense of the organism before an aggression. COPD is the consequence of the aggression of inhalation of toxic gases," he explained.
But among the main causes of COPD are tobacco smoke, as well as smoke from carbon blacks and chlorine. Another important point to consider is the treatment of various recurrent respiratory infections since childhood, as they may cause chronic bronchitis leading to COPD in time.
Therefore, early diagnosis is necessary to prevent the disease from entering a serious phase. With a simple test like a spirometry, signs of the disease can be observed, leading to a more complete study.