Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Wayne Medical Center (WMC) will offer a free educational program about COPD on Monday, June 24, at 5 p.m. The program will be held in the conference room on the medical center’s first floor.
COPD refers to a group of diseases — including emphysema and chronic bronchitis — that affect the lungs and can cause shortness of breath. The condition often worsens over time, making it difficult for those affected to carry out daily activities. Early detection of COPD allows patients to work with their physicians to identify medications and therapies that can help them breathe easier.
The American Lung Association estimates that more than 15 million people in the United States are affected by COPD. Risk factors for COPD include a history of smoking, exposure to air pollutants, previous respiratory infections and certain genetic factors. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, a chronic cough, frequent respiratory infections, fatigue and wheezing.
“It is important to understand your personal risk for COPD as well as what to do if you have symptoms of this serious disease,” said WMC Respiratory Care Director Carol Stooksberry. “If you currently smoke, have smoked in the past, have a family history of COPD or have had long-term exposure to wood smoke, chemicals or second-hand smoke, we encourage you to attend this free program.”
Advance registration is not required to attend. Visit MauryRegional.com or call 931.722.2045 for more information.