WXXI: Action Plan to Battle COPD

(November 22, 2010)

Alex Crichton (2010-11-22)

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) - A coalition is working to respond to the growing threat posed by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the fourth leading cause of death in America.
COPD also claims some 6-thousand New Yorkers lives each year, so the American Lung Association and the COPD Foundation are teaming up on an action plan, to raise awareness of a disease the coalition says has received inadequate attention.
Dr. Neil Schachter is Director of Respiratory Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
He says as many as ten million Americans may have COPD and not know it.
The coalition is organizing COPD summits all around the country.
He says COPD is an important illness that accounts for chronic disease, a lot of hospitalizations, and has a high mortality.
Preventing COPD starts with quitting cigarettes, the most common cause of the disease.
Dr. Schachter says the coalition's action plan aims to raise awareness of the disease, and the many treatments that are available.