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NEWSMAKER: Managing Your COPD

WHAG's Carmen Chau sat down with Shanna Figgins, a tobacco educator at Frederick Memorial Hospital, to discuss managing your COPD.
WHAG NEWS - Several factors lead to the cause of COPD, which stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The number one leading factor is a bad smoking habit, whether it is a current smoking habit or a past habit.

The best way to manage COPD is to quit smoking, taking your prescribed medicines as advised, getting the necessary vaccines to protect yourself from illnesses such as the flu or pnuemonia, and avoiding environmental facts such as pollen or dust.

COPD has continued to be one of the top killers of Americans in the nation; it has become the third leading cause of preventable death.

Frederick Memorial Hospital offers a variety of services and tips if you or anyone you know has COPD. The first step is early detection and diagnosis, which comes from a good medical history. Once you have been diagnosed, it is important use smoking cessation clinics and classes. The hospital offers a Pulmonary Rehab Program, offering help with medical fitness. A second option is to be a part of their local chapter's American Lung Association Breather's Club. It takes place every month, with a new topic to help manage the disease as planned.

However, quitting smoking can be easier said than done. Many people forget there are options when it comes to tobacco products. Patience is key in allowing yourself to overcome the bad habit.

Shanna Figgins, a tobacco educator of the hospital has helped council tobacco users as well as teach the "Stop Smoking" class.

Frederick Memorial Hospital is hosting a COPD workshop Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the FMH Crestwood Conference Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register for this event or more information, click here.
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