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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Forms New Pulmonary Support Group

Published November 3, 2011

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced the formation of a new Pulmonary Support Group for community residents that have a chronic lung disease such as Pulmonary Fibrosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commonly referred to as COPD. COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking. Excess mucus is often the first sign of COPD. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are common forms of COPD.

COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungsover many years, usually from smoking. Excess mucus is often the first sign of COPD. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are common forms of COPD.

Patients with chronic lung conditions often share many of the same concerns and the group will give patients a venue for information sharing. Although there is no cure, various treatments can make the illness more manageable and the patient more comfortable.

The goal of the new support group is to provide individuals living with chronic lung conditions with tangible tools to assist with the coping with the disease as well as a forum to speak about their experiences and share with others who have similar diagnoses.

The new Pulmonary Support Group will meet at 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm the first Wednesday of every month in room B-204 in the Billings Building at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s main campus at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, New York. The Pulmonary Support Group is free and open to anyone in the community. For more information contact pjones@burke.org