BELLEAIR – This November, during National COPD Awareness Month, Belleair Health Care Center will take part in the campaign by offering a free scheduled screening for anyone who needs to benefit from pulmonary therapy.
The earlier a healthcare professional detects lung disease with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the easier it is to treat. Those who may be at risk should speak with their healthcare professional. Starting a treatment plan for COPD early is the best way to control its symptoms.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “COPD (also known by other names, such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) is the third leading cause of death in the United States,” according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. “The disease kills more than 120,000 Americans each year – that’s one death every four minutes – and causes serious, long-term disability. The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don’t even know it.”
Director of Rehabilitation, Taylor Huston, says that early diagnosis is important.
“Simple steps can be taken now if you or someone you know has symptoms such as chronic coughing, shortness of breath or wheezing and by taking those steps with our questionnaire and screening,” said Huston. “You can talk with your doctor or health care provider about treatment options. I think the most important fact is that you can breathe better and enjoy a more active life even with lung disease.”
To schedule a free COPD screening at Belleair Health Center, call 585-5491. The center is at 1150 Ponce De Leon Blvd.