Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, a lung disease that limits airflow and makes it difficult to breathe, is a leading cause of death in the United States. On Saturday, Nov. 10, Stamford Hospital will host a COPD Day during National COPD Awareness Month to educate community members about this serious disease.

Many people believe they are experiencing a "smoker's cough" or that breathlessness is part of aging. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and most people have a combination of the two. Those suffering from the disease notice they are constantly coughing, have shortness of breath, wheezing, excess mucus production and difficulty taking a deep breath.

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Dr. Paul Sachs, Stamford Hospital's director of pulmonary medicine and pulmonary rehabilitation, and other professionals in the field will educate attendees about COPD and demonstrate treatment and management options through exhibits, presentations and other educational materials.

The free workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford. For information and to register, call 877-233-9355 or visit