Taking Care of Our Respiratory System

Sistema Respiratorio

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The Respiratory System helps us in breathing oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. The oxygen helps our body to function accordingly and stay alive.

Some respiratory diseases are extremely common, among those are: bronchitis, emphysema, common cold, pneumonia, asthma, and tuberculosis. About 300 million people suffer from asthma and 210 million may suffer from bronchitis or emphysema Worldwide.

According to the University of Puerto Rico, respiratory diseases account for one of the main reasons for emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Most Common Respiratory diseases

Bronchitis

The airways stretched and are partially block by mucus.

Emphysema

The alveoli (air sacks) deform and cannot hold the air; making it difficult for the oxygen to enter the blood stream.

Asthma

Is a chronic disease in which the airways are inflame and narrowed making it difficult to breath.

Pneumonia

Is a lung infection cause by a virus or bacteria. Is recommended that those over the age of 65 get at least one vaccine. Talk to you doctor for further details and the recommended dosage.

Influenza / Flu

Contagious disease which originates from various viruses. The elderly and those with chronic diseases are a higher risk and may suffer from serious complications. The best way to prevent it, is by getting vaccinated every year.

To keep our Respiratory System healthy is recommended: to quick smoking, stay active, do not auto-medicate, get vaccinated and visit your doctor regularly.

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