University of Colorado Hospital Offers Quick, Painless Screenings to Detect Lung Disease
AURORA, Colo. (Nov. 12, 2008) - Anyone who is short of breath after climbing a flight of stairs, frequently coughs or is a current or former smoker may benefit from a lung screening. The screening usually takes less than five minutes and is painless, requiring only a deep breath followed by quick exhalation. In recognition of International Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, the Integrated eHealth Program at the University of Colorado Hospital is sponsoring free lung screenings at the following Hospital Clinics:
- Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at University Family Medicine – A.F. Williams, 3055 Roslyn Street, Suite 110, in Denver (Stapleton area)
- Wednesday, Nov.19 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the University of Colorado Hospital’s Internal Medicine Garfield Clinic, 360 S. Garfield in Denver (Cherry Creek area)
- Thursday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the University of Colorado Hospital’s Internal Medicine Clinic, 5th floor of the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, on the Anschutz Medical Campus
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. While it is difficult to characterize the burden of COPD in the state of Colorado, national data estimates the number of Coloradans with a diagnosis of COPD around 200,000.
Lung screening appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Please call 720-848-7094 for appointments, directions and more information. The Integrated eHealth Program is funded by the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Pulmonary Disease Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and University of Colorado Hospital. For more information, call 720-848-7094, visit our website at www.copdehealth.org.
The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center, and has been recognized as one of the United States’ best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are all affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system.
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