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World Spirometry Day Spotlights US Lung Health

June 27, 2012

CHICAGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), OneBreath®, the COPD Alliance, and thousands of organizations worldwide will unite on World Spirometry Day, June 27, to promote lung health and elevate the status of often overlooked lung conditions, reinforcing the value of spirometry in the diagnosis of these conditions. Spirometry, which translated means “measuring of breath,” is one of the few examinations in medicine that is extremely simple to perform and provides very valuable information used in diagnosing lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

World Spirometry Day provides health-care professionals with the opportunity to promote the diagnosis of lung disorders, encourage people to get their lungs tested, and raise awareness about lung health. This year, World Spirometry Day coincides with the 2012 summer Olympic Games, providing an opportunity to highlight the importance of good lung health, with a special focus on fitness and respiratory health.

To observe World Spirometry Day, the ACCP, OneBreath®, COPD Alliance, University of Chicago, Rush Medical Center Respiratory Care Division, National Lung Health Education Program, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago are partnering to provide free COPD screenings and lung health consultations. The event, held on June 27 at the Thompson Center in Chicago, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, will challenge Chicagoans to answer the question, “Do you know your lung age?”

“Regardless of age or health status, everyone should understand the importance of lung health and the impact of chronic lung diseases,” said ACCP President Suhail Raoof, MBBS, FCCP. “That is why World Spirometry Day is so important; it allows clinicians and patients to collectively raise awareness about COPD–a leading cause of death in America–and promote healthy lungs in our local communities.”

COPD is the third leading cause of death, and an estimated 12 million Americans with COPD remain undiagnosed. Affecting both men and women, COPD symptoms are often first seen in people in their 40s. Although the most common cause of COPD is cigarette smoking, genetic factors or environmental and occupational exposures also may play a role in the development of COPD.

For more information about Woedrld Spirometry Day, visit www.wsd2012.org.

American College of Chest Physicians
The ACCP represents 18,400 members who provide patient care in the areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in the United States and more than 100 countries throughout the world. The mission of the ACCP is to promote the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. For more information about the ACCP, visit the ACCP website at www.chestnet.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

OneBreath® and The CHEST Foundation
The CHEST Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ACCP and serves as the unifying force for the different medical specialties that form the ACCP community. Through its “OneBreath: Make The Most Of It” campaign, The CHEST Foundation promotes public health awareness by focusing on three program pillars: education, care, and community. Learn more about The CHEST Foundation and OneBreath at www.onebreath.org.

The COPD Alliance
The COPD Alliance is a multisociety alliance of professional organizations and corporations that use a focused awareness and education campaign to bring about significant change in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of patients suffering with COPD, a prevalent but preventable disease. The Alliance represents 400,000 health-care professionals working in primary or secondary care. For more information about COPD and the COPD Alliance, visit www.COPD.org.

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SOURCE The American College of Chest Physicians

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