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Jersey City Medical Center to Host Educational Program on COPD


Jersey City Medical Center will host a free educational program to educate the public about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the hospital's conference room 5 and 6, located at 355 Grand Street. Presenting will be Dr. David Flores, who is board certified in pulmonary, geriatrics and internal medicine.

COPD is a progressive disease which often leads to significant breathing problems and can severely affect an individual's quality of life. The fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., it kills more than 250,000 Americans annually and causes long term, serious disability to many more. More than 12 million have been diagnosed with the disease and it is estimated that another 12 million don't even know they have it.

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that comprise COPD. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. Emphysema occurs when the air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) in the lungs are gradually destroyed. Damage to the lungs from COPD can't be reversed, but treatment can help control symptoms and minimize further damage.

"Our intent is to provide patients and their families with the tools to help them have a better understanding of COPD, while reducing overwhelming visits to the hospital and enhancing their quality of life," said Flores, who did his residency and fellowship training in the Bronx. "We strongly encourage them to educate themselves about this insidious disease."

To register, please contact patient advocate Raul Pamplona at 201-915-2041 or via email at Registration is required by September 20 and space is limited.

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