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June 23, 2011

PULMONARY DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP TO DISCUSS MEDICATION

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Lungs for Life: COPD Support Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host a meeting titled “Pulmonary Medications” on Wednesday, July 6, 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.

Lisa Trimble, a respiratory therapist at the medical center, will provide information on medications often used in the treatment of pulmonary disease.

“There are a number of medications that may be prescribed for persons affected by COPD,” said Trimble. “These medicines can help to reduce shortness of breath, control coughing and wheezing and prevent flare-ups. In order to get the maximum benefit, it is important to learn how to deliver the medicine correctly.”

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 380.4094.