BreathWorks Supports Ontarians with COPD

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Largely caused by smoking, COPD is a respiratory disease that results in lung damage and obstructs, or ‘blocks’ the airways, making it difficult for a person to breathe.

In recognizing the growing number of people looking for information and answers to their questions, The Lung Association created the BreathWorks Lung Health Information Line – a free confidential service offering practical information and support for people living with COPD, their families and caregivers.

“Often when someone is diagnosed with a new illness such as COPD, they feel that they are alone and that no one else understands what they are experiencing,” says Chris Haromy, Certified Respiratory Educator. “The BreathWorks Lung Health Information Line can help individuals feel more at ease after learning their diagnosis and provide continued support as they begin treatment.”

The Lung Health Information Line is staffed by health care professionals with special training in COPD who are ready to answer questions regarding symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

“In addition, callers can learn about support groups or education centres near them, as well as information about joining a COPD rehabilitation program,” adds Haromy. “We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to better manage their symptoms and continue to improve their quality of life.”

COPD is treatable at any stage of illness. For more information call The Lung Association at 1-866-717-COPD (2673) or speak with your health care provider.

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