Today we will talk about a particularly dangerous disease that affects the lungs and is increasingly common in people over 40 years of age. Everyone needs to know the symptoms in order to seek medical help in a timely manner.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD will soon become the third leading cause of death. German doctors indicate what you need to pay attention to in time to get medical help.
Early signs of COPD
Persistent or chronic cough is often one of the first symptoms of COPD. A person can get a chest cough that does not go away on its own. Doctors consider a chronic cough to last more than 2 months.
Too much mucus can also be an early symptom of COPD. Mucus is needed to keep the airways moist, as well as to keep germs and irritants that enter the lungs.
Shortness of breath and fatigue
Airway obstruction can make it difficult for a person to breathe, which can lead to shortness of breath. A person with COPD must make an extra effort to breathe. This effort can lead to lower energy levels and a constant feeling of fatigue.
Danger of COPD
“All of these symptoms may be signs of COPD, an irreversible lung disease that currently affects at least 12% of people over the age of 40.
This is especially dangerous: half of the victims do not even know they have COPD and go to the doctor too late.
COPD is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. As early as 2020, it will be the third most common, right after cardiovascular disease and cancer.
There are various possible causes, such as nitric oxide and fine dust in the air. COPD affects not only the elderly, smokers between the ages of 30 and 40 are also at high risk.