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August 14, 2012 > Better Breathers Club at St. Rose Hospital

Better Breathers Club at St. Rose Hospital

With lung disease now the third leading cause of death in the United States, the American Lung Association and St. Rose Hospital have teamed up to offer a free monthly support group to meet the needs of patients with lung disease. Sponsored by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers Club program provides information on breathing problems and support for participants and their families.

St. Rose Hospital will hold its first meeting from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at St. Rose Hospital Boardroom, 1st floor, 27200 Calaroga Ave, in Hayward. Meetings will be held on variable Wednesdays, and are free and open to the public.

"We are delighted to partner with St. Rose Hospital to offer a valuable resource to patients with lung disease and their families," said Eduard Flores, program director for the American Lung Association in California. "Our goal is to provide education and support to promote the skills that will enable people with chronic lung disease to better manage their condition, and most importantly, provide an opportunity for members to give and receive support by talking about how to manage their disease."

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for chronic bronchitis and emphysema, two conditions in which the airways are obstructed. Unlike the other leading causes of death that are on the decline, the prevalence of COPD continues to rise, and is a major cause of disability. About 24 million Americans have COPD, but it is estimated that fewer than half have been diagnosed or know they have the disease.

The facilitator will be Adam Loomis, a respiratory therapist. He will provide an orientation to the Better Breathers Club program and an overview of lung disease.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Better Breathers Club program, or chronic lung disease, please call the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA. For more information about COPD and resources to help you, visit: www.lungusa.org/. To reach St. Rose Hospital, please call (510) 264-4157.

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