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COPD to be topic of free seminar

 Unicoi County Memorial Hospital will conduct a free seminar about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center on Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
The seminar will be given by Jerome Jackson, R.R.T., assistant director of respiratory services at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease refers to a group of lung diseases that block air flow during exhalation, making it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic asthmatic bronchitis are the two main conditions that make up COPD. In all cases, damage to the airways eventually interferes with the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs. COPD is a leading cause of death and illness worldwide. Most COPD is caused by long-term smoking and can be prevented by not smoking or quitting soon after smoking starts. This damage to the lungs can’t be reversed, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.
 The seminar will cover information about symptoms, risk factors, complications, treatment and prevention of COPD, as well as the importance of talking with your physician about this disease. The public is invited to attend this free seminar. For more information, call the hospital at 743-3141.