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Combat chronic lung disease at COPD Day 2010 

Bayes, Anna 

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a leading cause of death in the Tri-State.

COPD is a serious lung ailment that blocks your airways, making it hard to get air in and out.

Caused by damage to the lungs over many years, COPD usually results from long-term smoking. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions that make up the disease. While irreversible, treatments and lifestyle changes can help you feel better, stay more active and slow the progress of COPD.

Join The Kentucky Heart Foundation Inc. and King’s Daughters Center for Pulmonary Health as nurse practitioner Anna Bayes and a panel of experts discuss how to breathe better and live comfortably with COPD.

This free educational session takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the KDMC Health Education Center in the lower level of the Lexington Avenue parking garage, 2201 Lexington Ave., Ashland.

“While more than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD in the United States, many more may have the disease and not know it,” added Anna Bayes, nurse practitioner. “That’s why COPD Day is such an important event for our region. It allows us to help those living with the disease, and assess those who might be at risk for it.”

COPD Day will feature the following:

  • Free breathing tests
  • Free testing for a genetic disorder that can lead to lung problems sponsored by CSL Behring®  
  • Inhaled medication demonstration
  • Sleep lab info
  • Tobacco cessation program info
  • The role of Pulmonary Rehab in the management of COPD
  • Panel question and answer period

“Learning how to combat COPD symptoms before they become worse is the key. This event is designed to give you all of the necessary information you need to take control of the disease and get your life back,” added Bayes.

This event is open to anyone, although reservations are requested. Reserve your seat by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362). Refreshments will be provided. Convenient parking is available in the lot at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 22nd Street, next to the KDMC Human Resources building.

The Kentucky Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Tri-State and Appalachian region; reducing the devastating impact of cardiovascular disease; advancing medical science through integrated, innovative and progressive programs in research, education, prevention, early detection and improved patient care; creating access to cutting-edge technology and the latest knowledge about cardiovascular disease; and developing a forum for research that will benefit patients throughout the nation.

This activity is supported through an independent educational grant from Pfizer to the Physicians’ Institute of Excellence in Medicine as part of the ACES Collaborative for the improvement and management of COPD. The Physicians’ Institute retains full control over the distribution of individual grants under this program.

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