Free UTHSCT-sponsored seminar on COPD set for Thursday, June 12, in Gladewater

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

GLADEWATER – Do you sometimes find yourself short of breath? Are there times when you struggle to take a breath?

Do you have a persistent cough that won’t go away? Are you a smoker?

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

“COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” a free health education seminar will provide answers to your questions.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2008, at the Gardens of Gladewater Community Building, 108 Lee St. in Gladewater.

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 discuss 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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