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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Campaign to raise awareness of chronic lung problems stops in Pittsburgh

Monday, February 15th, 2010

By Jill Daly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Helping people understand the risks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and finding people before they suffer the debilitating effects of COPD is the goal of a campaign that's driving into Pittsburgh this morning.

"They're raising awareness that COPD is serious," said Brian Carlin, an Allegheny General Hospital pulmonologist who is sharing his passion for the detection and management of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, both known as COPD.

"Almost half of the people who have COPD don't know it," Dr. Carlin said. "Twenty-four million Americans are believed to have it, but about 12 million of them are undiagnosed." COPD can also refer to damage caused by chronic asthmatic bronchitis. Damage to airways eventually interferes with the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs.

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.  

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