About 14pct of the persons beyond 40 years of age in Romania suffer from obstructive disease (COPD, asthma), Professor Florin Mihaltan, MD, President of the Romanian Pulmonology Society said on Friday at the 4th Pulmonary Disease Management Conference.
“It is a growing disease, with two types of actions to be used: one of spirometry screening campaigns and a second one of budgeting and 100pct subsidizing of medication, which I pleaded for, since this is what ensures an early, lasting treatment. COPD is a disease that in 2020 will rank 3rd amongst all affections worldwide and this will come to Romania, too, because it is inherently coupled with the prevalence of smoking,” said the physician.
Dr Mihaltan added that the Romanian Pulmonology Society will resume the spirometry campaigns on a longer period. “It’s a three-minute, painless, repeatable test, extremely welcomed for positioning the loss of the respiratory function by the patient,” he explained, according to Agerpres.
According to him, there are almost 800,000 patients in Romania with breathing problems during sleep; also, 27pct of Romanians are smokers, and currently lung cancer is the most frequent cancer in men.
The lung diseases problems, the importance of early diagnosis, the boundaries and issues the specialty physician is facing in treating the patients with such diseases are approached on Friday and Saturday, in the 4th Pulmonary Disease Management Conference. This year’s theme is ‘Pulmonology at the border with other specialties.’