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NVFC to Offer COPD Screenings at FDIC

NVFC to Offer COPD Screenings at FDIC

Wednesday, 02 November 2011

You probably know that heart disease, stroke, and cancer are the leading causes of death in the U.S. each year. But did you know that the fourth leading cause is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a term used to describe the obstruction of airflow. In partnership with Pfizer, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) will offer complimentary COPD screenings at FDIC in Indianapolis, IN, April 19-21, 2012. First responders can stop by the NVFC booth for a free screening and to get more information about the disease.

Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Breathing in other kinds of irritants, like pollution, dust, or chemicals, can also be a cause or contributing factor. Quitting smoking is the best way to avoid developing COPD. Firefighters need to be especially careful due to the nature of their work. Proper and full use of PPE and SCBA, not smoking/quitting smoking, and avoiding secondhand smoke are all steps firefighters can take to lessen their risk of developing COPD.

You can learn more now during COPD Awareness Month. This annual observance from the American Lung Association works to raise awareness of the disease, including how to prevent and detect it. If you’re planning on going to FDIC, make a note to stop by the NVFC booth to receive your free screening. Stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site for the booth number and more information about the free screenings.

Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

 

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