July 20, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Lungs for Life: COPD Support Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host a meeting titled “Airway Clearance” on Wednesday, August 3, in the medical center’s Private Dining Room One at 2 p.m. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free program.

Mike Bergman, a respiratory therapist at the medical center, will provide information on airway clearance techniques helpful for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Many people who have COPD suffer from increased production of mucus that can build up and block the airways,” Bergman said. “Learning how to successfully clear mucus from the lungs is an important part of managing COPD, allowing you to breathe easier and reduce your risk of infection.”

At the upcoming meeting, Bergman will discuss normal airway clearance, impaired airway clearance and the different techniques that can be used for airway clearance.

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.