The elderly are prone to COPD

Thursday, 19 November 2020 | 09:31 WIB
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source: – Lung Specialist, Asthma Consultant and COPD RSUP Friendship, dr. Budhi Antariksa, SpP (K), Ph.D, COPD said that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is very easy to attack the elderly or the elderly.

COPD is an inflammatory lung disease that develops over a long period of time.

This disease blocks the flow of air from the lungs due to swelling and accumulation of mucus or phlegm, so that the sufferer has difficulty breathing.

“The older, the higher the mortality rate. COPD itself usually attacks people over 50 years of age and has a high mortality rate, “said Budhi in his statement at a discussion with the theme ‘Lung Disease Fighters in the Middle of the Covid-19 Pandemic’, Wednesday (18/11/2020) yesterday.

He also suggested that the elderly or people who have suffered from COPD just stay at home. Because they have a very large risk of experiencing complications if they contract Covid-19.

He also appealed to the elderly, especially those who have experienced COPD to do regular physical activity.

This activity is believed to have an effect on the health of the respiratory system so that it can slow down the level of lung damage it experiences.

“Besides that, activities are also important. If there is less activity, the respiratory muscles will shrink because they are not used. These muscles shrink and can become tight with activity. This will lead to a greater dependence on oxygen, “said Budhi.

Furthermore, according to him, COPD is generally also caused by smoking, to indoor and outdoor air pollution.

The onset of this disease is usually in middle age and difficult to cure.

“The symptoms of COPD are experiencing shortness of breath which increases with activity and / or increases with increasing age accompanied by a cough with phlegm or having experienced shortness of breath accompanied by a cough with phlegm,” he concluded.



Editor: Kenni


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