Wednesday, November 25

6 seconds to breathe again



One of the diseases that cause the most deaths in Spain, currently the fourth, is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A fact that Mari Cruz González Villaescusa, an Eldense pulmonologist who develops her work at the Hospital Clínico de València, has the firm intention of reversing, together with the Institute for Health Research of this center.

This specialist, a true “expert” in her field, leads a study to identify “with greater precision” patients at risk of developing COPD, with a clear objective: «Assess the incorporation of the Pulmonary Diffusion Measure (DLCO) into spirometry as a screening or detection test. This way, patients at risk of developing this disease can be more precisely identified.

This study, led by Dr. González and involving a score of Spanish hospitals, obtained a national grant from the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) in 2019 and, now, that of the Valencian Society of Pneumology .

For the diagnosis of COPD, explains the doctor, it is necessary to combine both tests described above “because this ailment includes two diseases: chronic bronchitis, which is the inflammation and thickening of the bronchial wall, generally due to tobacco and emphysema, caused by the destruction of the alveolar walls ”. However, in COPD screening, only spirometry is still commonly used, which provides information on the caliber of the airway (the bronchi) but not on the involvement of lung tissue (the alveoli).

To the question about whether the people of Alicante breathe well, he emphasizes the little knowledge of respiratory diseases among the general population. The same is not the case with others such as “hypertension and cholesterol but not so much with your respiratory health.”

The pulmonologist and the singer, in an image of the campaign. | SEPARATE


If we translate it into figures, in the Valencian territory there are more than 100,000 people with an active diagnosis of COPD, of which 39,486 are in Alicante. While in 2019, this disease involved 277,672 consultations in Health Centers and 7,147, hospital consultations.

A not inconsiderable figure, especially in this time of pandemic, in which «the lung is in everyone’s sights since it is the target organ of the virus and the one that is marking the prognosis of the disease in most of the cases ”, he admits.

In the age of digitization, medicine is not far behind. That was what they thought at SEPAR with the spot «Take air and Blow Life». A campaign in which, assisted by Antonio Orozco, they composed the song «6 seconds», with which they intend to put «your respiratory health» to the test and meet three objectives: to promote and prevent this type of ailments and to increase the visibility of the professionals “who take care of respiratory health: pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, pediatric pulmonologists, nurses and respiratory physiotherapists.”

Thus, the galena states: «Antonio has known how to put music to our campaign with his artistic quality and from his even greater personal warmth. Quite a gift “, says Dr. González Villaescusa of the Catalan singer.

The method is simple, it will only take 6 seconds of time, just like the title of the song. Through a mobile phone or computer and with the mike turned on, you can sing a piece of this song that, if you can do it immediately, you will enjoy good respiratory health. This melody is also part of AVIÓNICA, the new album by Antonio Orozco.

Mari Cruz González highlights how essential «it is to know the importance of preventing and treating respiratory diseases in time. With this song, which can be found on the SEPAR website, we encourage people to participate to find out about their respiratory health ».

One of the diseases that cause the most deaths in Spain, currently the fourth, is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A fact that Mari Cruz González Villaescusa, an Eldense pulmonologist who develops her work at the Hospital Clínico de València, has the firm intention of reversing, together with the Institute for Health Research of this center.

This specialist, a true “expert” in her field, leads a study to identify “more precisely” patients at risk of developing COPD, with a clear objective: “to assess the incorporation of the Pulmonary Diffusion Measurement (DLCO) to spirometry as a screening or detection test. This way, patients at risk of developing this disease can be more precisely identified.

This study, led by Dr. González and involving a score of Spanish hospitals, obtained a national grant from the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) in 2019 and, now, that of the Valencian Society of Pneumology .

For the diagnosis of COPD, explains the doctor, it is necessary to combine both tests described above “because this ailment includes two diseases: chronic bronchitis, which is the inflammation and thickening of the bronchial wall, generally due to tobacco and emphysema, caused by the destruction of the alveolar walls ”. However, in COPD screening, only spirometry is still commonly used, which provides information on the caliber of the airway (the bronchi) but not on the involvement of lung tissue (the alveoli).

To the question about whether the people of Alicante breathe well, he emphasizes the little knowledge of respiratory diseases among the general population. The same does not happen with others such as “hypertension and cholesterol but not so much with your respiratory health.”

If we translate it into figures, in the Valencian territory there are more than 100,000 people with an active diagnosis of COPD, of which 39,486 are in Alicante. While in 2019, this disease involved 277,672 consultations in Health Centers and 7,147, hospital consultations.

A not inconsiderable figure, especially in this time of pandemic, in which «the lung is in everyone’s sights since it is the target organ of the virus and the one that is marking the prognosis of the disease in most of the cases ”, he admits.

In the age of digitization, medicine is not far behind. That was what they thought at SEPAR with the spot «Take air and Blow Life». A campaign in which, with the help of Antonio Orozco, they composed the song “6 seconds”, with which they intend to put “your respiratory health to the test” and meet three objectives: promote and prevent this type of ailments and increase the visibility of professionals “who care for respiratory health: pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, pediatric pulmonologists, nurses and respiratory physiotherapists.”

Thus, the galena states: «Antonio has known how to put music to our campaign with his artistic quality and from his even greater personal warmth. Quite a gift “, says Dr. González Villaescusa of the Catalan singer.

The method is simple, it will only take 6 seconds of time, just like the title of the song. Through a mobile phone or computer and with the mike turned on, you can sing a piece of this song that, if you can do it immediately, you will enjoy good respiratory health. This melody is also part of AVIÓNICA, the new album by Antonio Orozco.

Mari Cruz González highlights how essential “it is to know the importance of preventing and treating respiratory diseases in time. With this song, which can be found on the SEPAR website, we encourage people to participate to find out about their respiratory health ».

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