World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day (COPD) marked as part of the “Don’t Worry” public health campaign

Leading medical experts were taking part in the lecture, emphasizing the importance of adhering to therapeutic procedures, conducting breathing exercises, adhering to epidemiological measures, but also taking care of complete health and lung health.

On that note, medical experts from the Jordanovac Clinic for Lung Diseases spoke about prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and nutrition and physical activity.

According to statistics, the most common cause of COPD is smoking, and as many as 95 percent of sufferers are smokers.

“Smokers risk yourself and their loved ones. COPD disease is manifested by chronic cough and shortness of breath. At first, this symptoms come during greater physical effort, and later during walking or dressing. The disease is progressive and if not treated and recognized on time, it leads to serious breathing problems”, said Vukić Dugac, M.D.

By the way, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third most common cause of mortality in the adult population in the world. This, initially exclusively lung disease, kills 300,000 people a year in Europe and is characterized by a reduction in airflow through the airways. Immediately behind cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, this disease affects 600 million people worldwide, and in Croatia, it is the sixth leading cause of death.

The risk of developing COPD increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day. That’s why Tajana Jalušić Glunčić, MD, a specialist in pneumophysiology, spoke about how important it is to take care of lung health and to prevent or delay the worsening of COPD as much as possible.

With this in mind, the lecture concluded that prevention is “primarily” achieved through vaccination, regular monitoring, proper medication, proper and balanced diet, and physical activity that includes relaxation and breathing exercises.