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This Initiative is in Support of COPD Awareness Month
Tampa, Fla. (November 7, 2013) – In support of COPD Awareness Month and the US COPD Coalition, the entire month of November, the Lung Institute is raising awareness for COPD through factual and insightful social media posts as well as blog articles. This week, the Lung Institute aims to get the public’s attention through a candid glimpse into the life of a COPD sufferer.
Although COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States and top five leading cause of death in the world, many people are still unaware of this deadly disease. Currently, more than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD. However, nearly 24 million U.S. adults may have the disease without even knowing it.
Because of these alarming statistics, spreading the word about COPD is essential for treatment and prevention. This week’s article by the Lung Institute gives insight into the life of a COPD sufferer before and after receiving stem cell treatments at the Lung Institute. Peter P. is 68-years-old and has COPD. He has experienced life-altering symptoms for many years.
If you had asked Peter to describe his daily routine a year ago, he would tell you that it took him 30 minutes to take a shower, that he had difficulty walking and that he felt winded when playing with his grandchildren. Besides the physical symptom of shortness of breath, like many people with COPD, Peter would tell you that his quality of life had been significantly impacted.
After receiving stem cell treatments, Peter is feeling considerably better. His 30 minute showers now take less than 15 minutes, he is able to walk and get around without the constant use of supplemental oxygen and he is able to play with his grandchildren without feeling short of breath. Overall, Peter feels that his quality of life has improved significantly.
“My exercise tolerance has gotten better. I can exercise longer and make it a little harder every day. I try to do a minimum of 45 minutes. My wife tells me my disposition is better. I’ve got my voice back. I’ve got more power in my voice, which I didn’t have before. It’s been a positive experience,” Peter said.
About Lung Institute
The Lung Institute is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Founded in 2013 in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently has clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.