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aircircle is a physiotherapy vest designed for asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and pneumonia patients to loosen thick mucus in the lungs.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis, one of the rare diseases, has approximately 100,000 patients worldwide(1).

Respiratory problems are the most serious issue associated with CF and there is currently no cure.

In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and respiratory failure(2).

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Asthma

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out and shortness of breath(3).

About 334 million people suffer from asthma, the most common chronic disease of childhood affecting 14% of all children globally(4).

COPD

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing(5).

About 65 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 3 million die from it each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide(6).

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Brochiestasis

Bronchiectasis is a condition where the bronchial tubes of your lungs are permanently damaged, widened, and thickened. These damaged air passages allow bacteria and mucus to build up and pool in your lungs. This results in frequent infections and blockages of the airways(7).

There’s no cure for bronchiectasis in general, but treatment is important to help you manage the condition. The main goal of treatment is to keep infections and bronchial secretions under control.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi cause it. The infection causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe(8).

Pneumonia kills millions of people annually and is a leading cause of death among children under 5 years old(9).

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References

1.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust. “Faqs”. Retrieved from https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/what-is-cystic-fibrosis/faqs

2.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. “Cystic Fibrosis”. Retrieved from https://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/about-cystic-fibrosis.aspx

4.

Forum of International Respiratory Societies. (2017). The global impact of respiratory disease. European Respiratory Society. Retrieved from https://theunion.org/technical-publications/the-global-impact-of-respiratory-disease

6.

Forum of International Respiratory Societies. (2017). The global impact of respiratory disease. European Respiratory Society. Retrieved from https://theunion.org/technical-publications/the-global-impact-of-respiratory-disease

7.

Healthline Media. “Bronchiectasis”. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/bronchiectasis

8.

Healthline Media. “Everything You Need to Know About Pneumonia”. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/pneumonia#is-it-contagious?

9.

Forum of International Respiratory Societies. (2017). The global impact of respiratory disease. European Respiratory Society. Retrieved from https://theunion.org/technical-publications/the-global-impact-of-respiratory-disease

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Ankara, Türkiye

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