January 13, 2012

Maury Regional Pulmonary Disease Support Group to discuss tips for staying healthy with COPD

 COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Lungs for Life, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) support group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), will meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, in the medical center’s First Floor Conference Room. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free program.

Brenda Chapman will discuss “Tips for Staying Healthy with COPD.” Chapman is a registered nurse, certified in infection control. The term COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions associated with COPD, which is a leading cause of death. Symptoms of COPD do not usually appear until significant lung damage has already occurred. Because the damage is not reversible, treatment plans typically focus on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.

The goal of Lungs for Life is to provide education and awareness about COPD in order to promote the self-care and management of the condition. The public is invited to attend the upcoming meeting. For more information, call 931.380.4094.