Smoking affects many organs of the body negatively, including important ones such as the lungs, heart, and brain. It’s been shown that tobacco consumption damages these organs, especially the lungs, but also the mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, and nose as well as negatively affects the blood circulation, and with that the heart and the brain. Smokers can consequently suffer from lung cancer, heart attacks, or strokes. Smokers die on average 13-14 years earlier than non-smokers.
Tobacco consumption is among the main causes for diseases and death around the world. However related diseases and death can be prevented. Tobacco consumption causes numerous different cancers and chronic diseases affecting the life length such as bronchitis and emphysema. Tobacco use causes also heart diseases, issues related to pregnancy, affects negatively the respiratory system, and causes numerous other severe health issues. Even people who don’t smoke are in danger when they are around smokers. A study reported that nonsmokers increase considerably their risk to have lung cancer and heart disease when they are around people who are smoking.
As a consequence of using tobacco products, smokers have a higher chance of developing cancer (usually lung cancer), of having a (fatal) heart attack, suffering from a stroke, and developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Because lung cancer (see: lung carcinoma) often does not cause any complaints until late, it is often discovered at a stage, where the disease can no longer be cured. Damage to the organs is caused by various highly poisonous substances that are found in tobacco smoke. Smoking not only does the smoker harm, but also people in their surroundings due to passive smoking. It should be noted that even tobacco smoke that is passively inhaled contains poisonous substances that are even more concentrated than smoke that passes through a filter. It is extremely dangerous for nursing babies and small children.
The only logical “treatment” is to quit. It has been shown that even as soon as a few months after quitting, symptoms associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease stop. The risks of lung cancer, heart attack, and stroke are halved or even normalized 5-10 years after quitting.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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