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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.

COPD is a leading cause of death, illness, and disability in the United States. In 2000, 119,000 deaths, 726,000 hospitalizations, and 1.5 million hospital emergency departments visits were caused by COPD. An additional 8 million cases of hospital outpatient treatment or treatment by personal physicians were linked to COPD in 2000. (1)

GEMS (Group Exercise Monitored Support) is provided to those patients diagnosed with COPD and are currently being treated by a physician who is a member of the medical staff at Baylor Dallas.

Water and Land Rehabilitation is an innovative water-based pulmonary rehabilitation program which has been showcased at national respiratory conferences and exemplifies the ongoing commitment of Baylor to develop new and successful strategies for patients with respiratory symptoms.

Rehabilitation is a focus on breathing-related exercise limitation, whether from exercise-induced asthma or from COPD triggered symptoms. Patients can learn to recapture breathing and exercise ability. For patients with chronic lung conditions, a Baylor Lung Care Center six-week pulmonary rehabilitation program has been shown to improve both exercise and functional capacity at work or at home.

For more information call 214-820-3500. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention