Free seminar on chronic lung disease offered at UM Shore Medical Center
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@ umm.edu