Learn More About COPD Management

Do you or does someone you know have trouble breathing? The clinicians of Mercy offer an educational program chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) management, which will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Southpointe Assisted Living, 5125 Old Highway 100 in Washington. The workshop is open to the public.

Emphysema and chronic asthmatic bronchitis are the two main conditions that make up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness and chronic cough, which worsen over time, making it increasingly difficult to breathe.

COPD is a leading cause of death and illness. Most COPD is caused by long-term smoking and can be prevented by not smoking or quitting as soon as possible. Lung damage cannot be reversed, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage. The presentation by Mercy clinicians will focus on managing symptoms.

In 2008, 13.1 million U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) were estimated to have COPD. Because close to 24 million adults in the United States have impaired lung function, it is believed that COPD is under diagnosed. Specific X-rays, labs and pulmonary function tests can confirm COPD. Pulmonologists specialize in this field of medicine.

For more information about the pulmonologists at Mercy Clinic Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, call 636-239-8832. For information about hosting a COPD management workshop or other health education presentation at your workplace, school, church or organization, call Libby Dotson at 636-239-8774.

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