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Understanding COPD


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a broad term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Symptoms of COPD include increase breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease affects roughly 24 million people in the United States. Like many diseases, early detection is key. Identifying COPD in its early stages can help reduce major loss of lung function.

COPD is caused by various risk factors; the leading risk factor being smoking as well as second-hand smoke. Harmful fumes, chemicals and dust in the workplace are also contributing factors for those who develop COPD. Genetics can also play a role in the development of COPD, even if you have never smoked or experienced exposure to lung irritants.

One of the best ways to prevent COPD is to stop smoking. If you are not a current smoker, don’t start. You also want to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as well as dangerous fumes and dust. Additionally, you can work with others in your community to help clean up the air quality in your area.

If you are concerned that you may be at risk for developing COPD, Frederick Memorial Hospital’s professional staff and certified technicians and technologists are here to help you learn more. One of the first steps in diagnosing COPD is conducting a Pulmonary Function Test. This test measures how well the lungs function including the rate of air flow and volume of air exhaled. The Pulmonary Function Test can also detect the presence of other respiratory diseases. To schedule your Pulmonary Function Test with Frederick Memorial Hospital call 240-566-3400 or ask your doctor if you should schedule a Pulmonary Function Test.

Early detection is integral to the successful treatment of COPD. The FMH Pulmonary Rehab Program is a wonderful tool designed to help patients with COPD and other lung diseases. The primary goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation are to help patients control symptoms, improve their daily living activities and restore their ability to function independently.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with COPD, there are several support groups available. Locally, the Better Breathers Club of Frederick meets every other month to help offer support for those with COPD or other chronic lung diseases, their loved ones, and their caregivers. To learn more about the Better Breathers Club of Frederick, call 240-566-3622 or email

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Tips for Better Sleep

     Sleep is one thing that most Americans feel that they don’t get enough of. With work, school, children, and a never ending to-do list, it’s no wonder that most people feel as if getting consistent, proper rest is an aspirational goal, but certainly not a realistic one.

With the end of daylight savings time, and the loss of an hour of much-needed sleep, many adults who already feel sleep deprived have a harder time adjusting. 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need between seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Getting proper sleep helps to improve attentiveness, maintain a healthy weight, and helps to lower stress and improve mood. 

Most adults average between five to seven hours of sleep each night. When lack of sleep accumulates over a period of time, a “sleep-debt” is accrued. A few days of not getting enough sleep is not a major cause for concern, but over an extended period of time, a continued sleep-debt can put people at risk of health problems such as high-blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. 

It’s not just physiological issues either. Sleep-loss contributes to motor vehicle accidents, loss of productivity at work, and can negatively impact personal and professional relationships.

While trying to juggle life’s challenges and getting enough sleep is difficult, there are some things that you can do that can help.

HEAL of Washington County wants to inspire people to “rethink” many of their popular drink choices as a way to improve theirhealth. People often don’t realize how many of their daily calories and large amounts of added sugar are coming from these beverages. Drinking beverages like soda, sports drinks and energy drinks which are loaded with sugar can be harmful to your health and may lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Water is the best choice and has numerous health benefits including keeping you hydrated, boosting energy production, and flushing body waste.
Are you up for the challenge? 
We’re challenging you to Rethink Your Drink! Simply switch from drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to water and track the amount of water you drink for 6 weeks. Prizes and information will be provided throughout the challenge to keep you motivated. The challenge officially starts on May 19th, but register now and we will keep you up to date on all the latest challenge news!
If you’re worried about making the switch to water, try infusing your water with a few healthy ingredients to help you enjoy drinking it more! It’s simple to do and will leave you feeling refreshed and well hydrated as the hotter months approach. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to get you started.
Aside from tasting delicious, these drinks look beautiful too. And keeping 2-3 flavors in your fridge offers enough variety to ensure that your taste buds never get bored. To keep your varieties budget-friendly, simply choose fruits that are in season and snip some herbs from your garden.
If you’re looking to take that next step toward better health, sign up for the challenge today! Encourage your family, co-workers and friends to join you. Rethink Your Drink!
Motivate. Hydrate. Feel Great.

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Eating Tips

Now’s the time to savor the flavor of fresh fruits and veggies!  Even if you don’t grow your own garden, you can enjoy produce fresh from the farm to your table by shopping at local farmers’ markets.
And beginning July 9, the Allegany County “Mountain Fresh” farmers’ market will be at WMHS between 2 pm – 5 pm every Wednesday. Local farmers will set up in the parking garage across from the Medical Arts Center entrance.  Employees will be provided with zip lock bags so the produce can be brought into WMHS buildings.
Eating fresh locally grown produce helps YOU:
• Save money – fresh, seasonal foods are less expensive
• Save energy – less gas used to move the food
• Support local growers – buying at local farmers markets
• Be healthy – fresh, seasonal foods are more flavorful, encouraging increased intake of fresh  fruits and veggies, which increases your intake of healthy vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that fight disease and promote health

Other local farmers’ markets include:

Tuesdays: 9:30 am – 2 pm at the Country Club Mall (center court), LaVale
Thursdays: 10 am – 1 pm at the Downtown Cumberland Pedestrian Mall
Fridays: 9:30 am – 2 pm at City Place in Frostburg
Saturdays: 10 am – 1 pm at Canal Place in Cumberland
To find farmers’ markets in your area, visit  or