KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011, but according to University of Tennessee Medical Center many people do not even realize they have the disease.
To help diagnose COPD, University of Tennessee Medical Center is offering free screenings at UT Medical Center on Wednesday, November 16 from noon-6 p.m. at their Heart Lung Vascular Institute. Those interested in the screening can schedule a visit by calling (865) 305-6970.
According to the CDC fifteen million Americans reported they had been diagnosed with COPD, but more than 50 percent of adults with low pulmonary function were not aware they had COPD.
Avoid inhaling tobacco smoke, home and workplace air pollutants, and respiratory infections to prevent developing COPD. Early detection of COPD might change its course and progress, according to the CDC.
Are you at risk?
Dr. James Shamiyeh with University of Tennessee Medical Center says you may be at risk for COPD if you answer yes to three or more of these questions:
- Do you cough several times most days?
- Do you bring up phlegm or mucus most days?
- Do you get out of breath?
- Are you over 40 years old?
- Are you a current smoker or an ex-smoker?