5 important parameters that define the health of the respiratory system
On World Lung Day, we list the 5 most important
- Persistent cough: If you wake up every morning with a persistent cough — especially if you’re a regular smoker or only quit a while ago — that could be a red flag for lung disease. Chronic cough, doctors say, is a potential warning sign for lung diseases such as cancer or COPD.
- Shortness of breath: When climbing stairs or going on a hike, feeling out of breath too soon or too often can also be a sign of an underlying lung problem. Conditions associated with this are pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary asthma.
- Change of voice: Sometimes the lungs can lose their ability to exhale strongly due to a lack of force, which can lead to voice changes. If you notice that your voice has suddenly become too soft, it may be due to a problem with the functioning of the vocal cords causing the voice to change.
- Prolonged chest pain: Although chest pain is commonly associated with heart disease, lung disease might be no different. If the pain gets worse when you laugh, cough or breathe deeply, it could indicate
- Excess mucus production:
American Lung Associationstates that phlegm is produced by the respiratory tract to fight infections from irritants. However, if it stays in the chest or throat for more than a month, it could mean that the lungs have problems and may portend a risk of disease.
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