Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Caused by lung damage from smoking, environmental hazards or secondhand smoke, patients who suffer with this condition experience symptoms including shortness of breath, wheezing and a chronic cough. Lexington Medical Center is recognizing National COPD Month in November with an opportunity to learn more about COPD.
On November 15, World COPD Day, Lexington Medical Center will host a free event that includes health screenings, a physician discussion and a healthy meal. It will take place inside the Michael J. Biediger Auditorium at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia from 5 – 8 pm.
The speakers for the event are Mohamed S. Soliman, MD, FCCP; Sarkis D. Derderian, DO, FCCP, D, ABSM; and Francis M. Dayrit, MD, FCCP, of Carolina Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. Topics are COPD, sleep disorders and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Screenings at the event will include blood pressure, a breathing exam and pulse oximetry. Participants can fill out a questionnaire about their sleep patterns and watch CPAP mask demonstrations. They can also ask the doctors questions during the lecture.
“COPD causes patients to struggle with shortness of breath, excessive chest congestion, frequent episodes of acute illness, and an inability to participate fully in normal physical activities,” said Buffy Chapman, respiratory care patient navigator at Lexington Medical Center. “The clinicians at Lexington Medical Center are able to properly diagnose and treat COPD — stabilizing symptoms, providing support, and encouraging rehabilitation and management.”
The November 15 event will be held in conjunction with Lexington Medical Center’s Better Breathers Club for patients with lung problems and the AWAKE Support Group for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Lexington Medical Center has comprehensive resources to treat patients with pulmonary problems including a COPD patient navigator, pulmonary rehabilitation program, pulmonary function lab and a physician practice dedicated to lung disorders.
For more information on the event or to RSVP, call 803-935 – 8260. Space is limited. Attendees must RSVP by November 8.