Free sem­i­nar on chronic lung dis­ease of­fered at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — A free sem­i­nar, “Chronic Lung Dis­ease: What is it and How Do We Treat It?”, will be of­fered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 23 in the Con­fer­ence Cen­ter at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Con­ducted by Fer­nando deLeon, pul­mo­nolo­gist, and Philom­ena Leon, res­pi­ra­tory ther­a­pist, the sem­i­nar is de­signed for per­sons di­ag­nosed with or at risk for chronic lung dis­ease and their fam­ily mem­bers and care­givers.

The pro­gram is hosted by the Pul­monary Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion De­part­ment at UMSMC. Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion, the de­part­ment’s fa­cil­i­ties will be open for a tour and staff will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions. Re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

Ac­cord­ing Sher­rie Hill, car­diopul­monary re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clin­i­cal co­or­di­na­tor at UM SMC, Chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease is the third lead­ing cause of death in the United States and in Mary­land. Six per­cent of those sur­veyed in 2011 re­ported be­ing told by a health care pro­fes­sional that they have COPD.

“Smok­ing is the pri­mary cause of COPD, though there are other risk fac­tors as well as a ge­netic form of the dis­ease,” Hill said.

“This pre­sen­ta­tion is of­fered to help peo­ple un­der­stand that there are things you can do to man­age COPD and show them the re­sources that are avail­able here in our com­mu­nity to as­sist them in im­prov­ing their health, keep­ing up with their daily ac­tiv­i­ties and main­tain­ing their in­de­pen­dence,” she said.

To re­serve a spot for this pre­sen­ta­tion, con­tact Hill, 410-810-5666 or Sher­rie.hill@

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