Today is the World Day of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as a smoking disorder.
Usually, the disease begins with cough in the tobacco, and at some point there is a brief breath, which prevents them from taking 100 steps. They then seek our help and prove the COPD. That's what Dr. Sofia Angelova said on the TV channel "Hello, Bulgaria" on Nova TV.
"There are two diseases – chronic bronchitis and pulmonary encephalopathy that occurs with airway obstruction, so our cache that lasts more than 4 weeks to seek help from a lung specialist," she added.
"According to data from the European Commission on Health, Bulgaria is among the countries where 10 to 15% of the population suffer from COPD," Dr. Angelov said.
"If we assume that there are 500,000 COPD patients in Bulgaria, it is worried that by the end of 2017, according to the NHIF, only 75,000 people will be treated with this disease, meaning that there is a niche in early diagnosis of COPD and in active prophylaxis, explained the expert.
Slaveicho Yovchev has had this illness for years. He's a smoker for over 50 years.
"In time I did not feel anything, but as I was older, I got a bit of breath and walked tired," he says.