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COPD Awareness

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a very common disease that effects more than 12 million individuals in the United States. COPD is a term used to describe patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of both. Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Shortness of breath with activity or while resting
  • Wheezing Chest tightness
  • A daily or almost daily cough cough that produces mucus 

AWARENESS EVENTS

November 3, 17 and 28
'Roadshows' for COPD Awareness:

Screening for COPD will be held on Nov. 3, 17 and 28 with Spirometry testing opportunities on Nov 17. Screenings will take place at:

Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza-Pavilion
2050 Kenny Road, Suite 1010
Columbus, Ohio 43221

November 4
Great American Screen Off:


http://www.drive4copd.com/


November 16
National COPD Awareness Day:
Wear your Orange and Blue 


November 17
Great American Smoke Out:


http://www.quitsmoking.com/kopykit/reports/smokeout.htm

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT COPD

Why COPD? Why Now?

  • While other major causes of death have been decreasing, COPD mortality has continued to rise.
  • COPD is now the 3rd leading cause of death.
  • 12 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD; research shows that many do not get optimal treatment.
  • An additional 12 million Americans may have COPD and remain undiagnosed.
  • Recent advances in treatment for COPD offer real opportunities to improve your patient's quality and length of life.

Risk Factors

  • Look for COPD in patients who are over 40 and have:
    • Persistent or progressive dyspnea
    • Chronic cough or sputum production
    • Decline in level of activity
  • COPD is more likely if there is a history of smoking.
  • Genetic factors and environmental or occupational exposures may also play a role: as many as one out of six Americans with COPD has never smoked.