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Lung Institute’s Stem Cell Therapies Are Helping Patients Travel to Visit Loved Ones
Tampa, Fla. (December 3, 2013) – For many patients with lung disease, traveling is something that they must be carefully considered. Due to the oxygen-deficient environment of an airborne plane, sufferers often have more difficulty breathing than usual. This can be frightening when the person feels as if he or she cannot breathe. As a result, many with lung disease choose to stay home for the holidays, or have family come to them instead.
This was the case for a pulmonary fibrosis sufferer from Tallahassee, Florida. He not only wanted to breathe better, but he also wanted to be able to visit his children in Tallahassee and Alabama more easily, as well as play with his grandchildren. To him and many sufferers of lung disease, spending quality time with family, especially over the holidays, is important.
Lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis are a major cause of death around the world. COPD alone is categorized as the third leading cause of mortality in the United States and top five leading cause of death worldwide. The physical symptoms of lung disease, such as fatigue and shortness of breath can be hurdles for those afflicted. However, it is the impact on the person’s quality of life that takes a heavy toll on overall well-being.
While visiting the Lung Institute in Tampa, FL, he received two rounds of stem cell treatments derived from his own body. At his follow-up interview, he reported that he is feeling considerably better. Upon being asked if traveling is going to be easier for him this season, he responded that he’s feeling much better and can travel more easily.
About the 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.