Free UTHSCT-sponsored seminar on COPD set for Thursday, May 22, in Gilmer

Thursday, May 15, 2008

GILMER – Are there times that you struggle for breath? Do you find yourself short of breath during normal daily activities? Are you a smoker?

If you answered “yes,” you may be at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

Information about this serious lung disease will be presented at a free seminar, “COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Gilmer National Bank, 900 N. Wood in Gilmer.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler sponsors the seminar.

Eli Azzi, MD, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine in UTHSCT’s Heart and Lung Clinic, will talk about how early detection and treatment are the keys to living a longer, more active life with COPD.

Dr. Azzi, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, also will outline the latest treatments for COPD.

Dr. Azzi is board certified in pulmonary medicine, internal medicine and critical care medicine.

According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Since 2003, more women than men have died from the disease.

The health education seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, please call (903) 877-5122.

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