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American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Joins DRIVE4COPD to Raise Awareness of Nation's 4th Leading Cause of Death
Date:9/8/2010

habilitation program. These programs teach breathing techniques, such as energy conservation while exercising, nutrition and useful information that help patients better manage their COPD.

About COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – also known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema – makes it harder to breathe because less air is able to flow in and out of the lungs.

As many as 24 million Americans may have COPD – even those who haven't smoked in years – and half of them remain undiagnosed. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It kills one person every four minutes, and more people each year than breast cancer and diabetes combined.

Common symptoms of COPD include coughing, with or without mucus, and/or shortness of breath. These symptoms are often confused with normal signs of aging.  As COPD progresses, symptoms tend to get worse and more damage occurs in the lungs. Breathing gradually becomes more difficult until people with COPD feel like they are inhaling and exhaling through a small straw.

DRIVE4COPD Partnering Organizations

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the founding sponsor of the campaign, has joined forces with a cross-section of organizations on DRIVE4COPD to bring COPD to the forefront including:

American Association for Respiratory Care  

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is the leading national and international professional association for respiratory care. The AARC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients and their families, the public, the profession and the respiratory therapist.  To learn more about the AARC visit the website at www.aarc.org or visit our consumer website www.yourl
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