Death rates due to lung disease continue to rise
Any disease or disorder that hinders lung function is known as a pulmonary (lung) disease. Approximately 400,000 Americans die from lung disease each year and the rate is increasing – unlike cancer, heart disease, and stroke, which are declining – according to the American Lung Association. Common lung diseases include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, bronchitis, and lung cancer.
Lung Disease Risk Factors
The following increase your risk of developing a lung disease:
- Second-hand smoke
- Air pollution
- Exposure to hazardous substances, such as asbestos
- Family history
- Preterm birth
Lung Disease Symptoms
Symptoms of a lung or pulmonary disease can vary by disease. However, if you have one or more of the following signs, you may have a lung disease and should contact your doctor. If you don’t have a physician, you can make an appointment with a pulmonary (lung) expert at Adena:
- Chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Prolonged chest pain
- Excessive mucus
- Coughing up blood
Lung Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
Lung diseases are typically diagnosed through a physical exam made by a physician. Adena Health System also offers a lung cancer screening program for high-risk patients. Starting in 2014, we will be offering smoking cessation counseling and bronchial thermoplasty, an outpatient surgical procedure for chronic, severe asthma sufferers that reduces emergency attacks and medication usage.
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