Lung doctors try to find people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This severe lung disease in the Czech Republic kills 3500 people annually. The consequences of the disease can be avoided by early treatment and changing living habits.
In the context of COPD World Day, pulmonologists present a pilot program for bi-annual screening that helps detect the disease in time. During this time, 7,000 risk subjects will be investigated at 30 pneumological outpatient clinics. The project is carried out by the National Screening Center of the Czech and Czech Pneumological and Fytiological Society (ČPFS) Institute for Health Information and Statistics (IHIS) in collaboration with the General Medicine Society (SVL) general practitioner.
According to Prof. MD. Martina Vašaková, Ph. D., the chairman of the CPSU and the Head of the Pneumological Clinic at the 1st Faculty of Medicine at Charles University and Thomayer Hospital, can be prevented by processing the overwhelming number of these lung events in due time. In addition, such an event reduces the lung function of a particular patient.
On the day of open lung surgery, pneumologists will control their lungs for spirometry. The event will take place from 17 to 21 in all regions of the Czech Republic. "Last year we examined 1,512 people and 12% of them suspected of having COPD" said the rector MUDr. Stanislav Kos, CSC., Chairman of the Czech Civil Society Against Pulmonary Diseases (ČOPN).
COPD is a serious respiratory disease characterized by persistent and progressive failure in the lower respiratory tract. Diseases include chronic cough, mucous membrane, worsening dyspnoea and decreased physical activity tolerance. In the Czech Republic, 250,000 (2.5% of the entire population) were treated with COPD patients. Disease becomes the fourth most common cause of death both here and in the world.