Learn about COPD at free education seminar Friday, April 16, sponsored by UT Physicians of Gladewater

Thursday, April 8, 2010

GLADEWATER – Are you frequently short of breath? Do you have a chronic cough? Are you a longtime smoker?

If you have these symptoms, you could be at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Find out how to lower your chances of developing this debilitating illness at a free health education seminar on COPD to be held from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, in the Gardens of Gladewater Community Building, 108 Lee St. in Gladewater.

David Coultas, MD, vice president of clinical affairs at UTHSCT and a specialist in lung disease, will discuss the symptoms of COPD, ways to lower your chances of developing it, and current treatment options.

COPD, also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.

In 2007, 12.1 million U.S. adults were estimated to have COPD, though almost 24 million U.S. adults have impaired lung function, indicating that COPD is under-diagnosed.

The seminar is sponsored by Wyn Andrews, MD, and UT Physicians of Gladewater. UTP is a physician practice associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

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

To register, please call (903) 845-4398.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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