New Campaign on Little Known Fourth Leading Cause of
Death In United States
COPD Affects One in Four Americans Over
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and is
expected to be the third leading cause of death by 2020.
An estimated 12 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD
and an additional 12 million are believed to have the disease,
but are not yet diagnosed.
In conjunction with the launch of a new national awareness
and education campaign on COPD, the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes
of Health, in partnership with the COPD community, is sponsoring
a panel discussion to highlight the problem of COPD and
provide an update on current research and future treatments.
Patient advocates, leading physicians, and scientists will
discuss the growing burden COPD places on the individual,
the family and society and how the science has informed
the art of caring for the whole patient with COPD.
Following brief remarks on COPD and the campaign, there
will be a question and answer session with the speakers.
||Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director, NHLBI
James Kiley, PhD., Director, Division of Lung Diseases, NHLBI
Grace Anne Dorney, COPD Patient
A. Sonia Buist, M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University
Bartolome Celli, M.D., St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts
Ronald Crystal, M.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Butch Pallay, MD, Board Member, American Academy of Family
David Ingbar, MD, President-elect, American Thoracic Society
Terri Weaver, PhD, Board Chair, American Lung Association
Mark Rosen, MD, President, American College of Chest Physicians
||January 18, 2007
9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. ET
||Holeman Lounge, National Press Club
For more information about the COPD campaign, please visit, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/index.htm.
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related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart,
blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. The Institute
also administers national health education campaigns on women and heart
disease, healthy weight for children, and other topics. NHLBI press
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