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Published on March 05, 2012

Physician Teaches Free COPD Class

Charles Yockey, MD, of Lawrence Pulmonary Specialists, will discuss chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on Thursday, March 8, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Hear Dr. Yockey expain the disease.

Charles Yockey, MD, of Lawrence Pulmonary Specialists, will discuss chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on Thursday, March 8, 6:30-7:30 pm. In this free class, “COPD-Understanding the Disease,” he will talk about strategies to decrease shortness of breath, smoking and how to quit, weight loss and exercise. He will also discuss the management of COPD exacerbation episodes and medications for symptom relief. There will be time for questions. This program is free, but advance registration is requested. Call Connect Care at 785-749-5800 to enroll or for more information.

What is COPD?
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, COPD is a major cause of disability, and it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD. Many more people may have the disease and not even know it. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. In the United States, both emphysema and chronic bronchitis fall into this category.

COPD can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other symptoms because of one or more of the following:

  • The airways and air sacs lose their elastic quality.
  • The walls between many of the air sacs are destroyed.
  • The walls of the airways become thick and inflamed.
  • The airways make more mucus than usual, which tends to clog them.

Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants, such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust, also may contribute to COPD.

Better Health

Exercise Induced Asthma-Bronchoconstriction, Amanda Gudgell, DO Pulmonary Medicine, Lawrence Pulmonary Specialists. Patients who get short of breath, chest tightness, cough about 15 minutes after vigorous exercise may have exercise induced asthma. Pay close attention to when the symptoms are occurring. 

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