Monday, November 21, 2016

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on the 23rd November 2016.

We spoke to Professor Keertan Dheda Head Division of Pulmonology speaking on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).  COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time.

The leading cause of COPD is due to smoking, most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust, TB and HIV may also contribute to COPD.

When you smoke the tiny air sacks in the lungs gets destroyed, over time the disease will become more serve if you do not quit smoking.

Some of the symptoms are difficult in breathing or shortness of breath, coughing and the immune system gets weak/ weakening the lungs, chest infections/ tightness. This disease is not curable, but treatment is available.

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