World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day held recently raised awareness of the long term illness that limits airflow to the lungs.
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The disease currently affects one in seven Australians 40 years or older. In 2015, Mudgee Hospital had 173 admissions for diseases and disorders of the respiratory system.
Jenny Ramien, registered nurse at Mudgee Community Health Centre, says that half of those who are experiencing symptoms don’t even know they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Symptoms include getting out of breath more easily than others your age, a new, persistent or changed cough and a build-up of phlegm.
“Services are available to help support people with this illness,” said Ms Ramien.
“Mudgee Lung Group is a group for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and their families and carer’s.
“The group is an opportunity to participate in light exercise, share experiences and learn new skills to improve your quality of life.
“It is held every Thursday at Mudgee Community Health Physiotherapy Department by health professionals and includes regular education about ways to better self-manage your condition.”
For more information, please contact Jenny Ramien or Jodie McAlpine at Mudgee Community Health Centre on 6378 6236.
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