Tag Archives: India

Early Detection COPD Spirometry Thrives in Trichur, India

The Pulmonary Club of Trichur, India is again ahead of us here in Kitsap County. Following is the announcement of their second patient, physician meeting and the date of the third meeting. Of major importance is that they did Spirometry testing for early detection on twenty more patients.

Early detection seems to be an important theme for the pulmonary physicians in India and they’ve stepped up to the plate of preventative medicine and early detection for COPD. Congratulations to your dedicated pulmonary doctors in India!

{The second meeting of the club for COPD patients was held on 28 Mar2010 at Trichur.

Patients had interaction among each other and further clarified by medical faculty.
Spirometry was done for 20 patients and a few more were registered.

The concept of early diagnosis and relevance of spirometry was stressed.

The next meeting for patients is scheduled on the first Sunday of May.}

Dr V P Gopinathan
For Pulmonology Club,Trichur.

New Pulmonary Club Forms in Trichur, India

Dr. Col V P Gopinathan, for the Pulmonology Club, Trichur, India, announced they formed a new club on 16 January 2010.
Forty-four patients joined the doctor supported, patient support and educational group.
Included in the program were a demonstration of pulmonary devices and a discussion of the airway diseases shown in the available brochures handed out to the members.

The newly formed Pulmonary Club proposes to hold meetings bimonthly on the first Sunday and to increase membership. India’s medical students are actively involved and office bearers include patients.
India’s Pulmonary Physicians have a good start in their quest to control the growing airway menace, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) menace.

As a lung patient (COPD and Sarcoidosis) living in the Pulmonary Desert of No Physician Patient COPD Club in Kitsap County, Washington, sincere congratulations to Dr. Col C P Gopinathan and Associates for their newly formed Pulmonology Club, Trichur, India.

More later… Sharon O’Hara

India’s Doctors Top the Educate COPDer List

India is the first country I know of to begin a doctor sponsored Asthma-COPD Club (AC Club) for patients…Whoopee!

Maybe the U.S. is next…maybe Kitsap County doctors will consider beginning a club to educate COPDers as the
Department of Chest Medicine at Karamsad-based Shree Krishna Hospitla in Anand, does.
Diagnosing, running tests and handing the patient prescriptions and appointment card for their next visit is not good enough. Patients leave the doctor’s office, in many cases knowing little about the disease/s and how best to live with it and what they can do to best help themselves…such as ride the recumbent trike safely for exercise and fun.
Recently I called our own Harrison Medical Center to ask what they had planned for COPD Day. The operator asked what COPD is. A little over a week later, I visited my son in Harrison, Bremerton and was helped by an energetic, friendly and helpful person. I showed her my “Rearing For Health” over a funny looking rearing horse and “What Is COPD” below the horse tee-shirt.
That wonderful, helpful, Emma Reeves asked, “What is COPD?”
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S., 5th in the world. Diabetes is 5th leading cause of death.

“Doctors who have initiated the club say that World Health Organization estimates suggest that 210 million people suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) worldwide and that, at present, more than 90 per cent of COPD deaths occur in developing countries. The club already has 350 patients enrolled and will provide free consultation and pulmonary function test (PFT) to patients while spreading awareness so that other organizations turn Smoke Free.”

“It is estimated that COPD will become the third leading cause of death by 2030. In a country like ours, effective prevention and regular treatment is the key to check progression of COPD, which can otherwise result in significant burden to our society in terms of healthcare expenses,” professor Dr Rajiv Paliwal told TOI on Saturday, adding that asthma and COPD are two diseases due to which patients suffer from breathlessness.

“While asthma is a genetically determined, COPD is not a familiar disease. Earlier, it was believed that COPD occurs only to smokers but even non-smokers are increasingly being affected by the disease due to high air pollution. Females in rural areas catch COPD because of the use of chullas’,” said Paliwal, adding that the club will help pulmonary rehabilitation of patients.

Usually, patients suffering from such kind of breathlessness become socially isolated, which in turn depresses them. “This results in a vicious circle as their breathlessness increases due to depression,” said professor Dr Satish Patel.

“Patients who join the club are not only given free consulting and education, but they are also given nutritional advice, physiotherapy treatment and counselling,” says Patel, adding that so far there is no national programme from the side of government on COPD. “GOI is thinking of taking up a public awareness drive but it will take few more years before it starts one,” he added. “

Thanks for the heads-up, Linda. www.emphysema.net

More later… Sharon O’Hara