Speyer. On Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 pm, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ing. honey. Oliver Jung, MD, Speyer, delivered a lecture on "Common COPD Disease – Recognizing and Treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease" in the auditorium of St. John's Hospital Vincentius.
It can rightly be called a widespread disease: COPD. The abbreviation comes from the English name for the disease and translates to chronic obstructive bronchitis.
"About five to ten percent of adults are affected, it is ranked fourth in the cause of death worldwide," says the chief medical officer. Oliver Jung, an internal medicine specialist with an emphasis in Pulmonology and Head of the Sleep Lab, Speyer. "And we expect COPD on this list to continue to slide due to its simultaneous or consequential effects."
The doctor leaves no doubt that the disease cannot be reversed even with good drug treatment, since it irreversibly damages the lung tissue, "and the lungs are the organ of loss." However, there are ways to improve the life situation of patients.
"First of all, it is important for patients to have knowledge of their disease at all," the specialist points out. Traces are the so-called AHA indicators (shortness of breath, cough, spit). "All three symptoms do not have to occur at the same time. At first, they are only visible on exertion, later at rest," Jung explains.
However, she knows from experience that many patients initially ignore the symptoms. And since smoking is one of the main causes, they trivialize the symptoms as "smoking cough." However, as with many other diseases, COPD applies: early treatment and consideration of different measures can provide relief. "The goal of COPD treatment is always to improve symptoms, quality of life and slow down the process," Jung explains.
Patients with minor symptoms are initially present with a family physician. "Some cases are not diagnosed there," Jung says. Patients are not so limited in the early stages. "It would be important, patients knew about their illness and would be prepared for it," the doctor stresses.
There are different strategies in treatment. For smokers, the top priority is to quit. Affected people should pay attention to a reasonable diet and their weight – "whether they are fat or lean" – to move around a lot without too much intensity and, above all, to watch carefully. "There are emergency therapies in the event of deterioration. But then these medications should be taken. Anyone who waits too long and risks ambitiously worsening their condition," Jung warns. P.S
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