Dr. David Lederer: March 13, 2019

LEARN MORE ABOUT PULMONARY FIBROSIS

THE PULMONARY FIBROSIS FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ABOUTPF.ORG TO HELP EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THIS CONDITION – FROM SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES TO TREATMENTS

 

DR. DAVID LEDERER

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City


More than 200,000 Americans are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive and debilitating lung disease that leads to scarring of air sacs in the lungs. Over time, the scar tissue can destroy the normal lung tissue and make it hard for oxygen to get into the blood stream. The disease remains largely unknown which can lead to later stage diagnoses. Awareness of the main symptoms – shortness of breath, a lingering, dry cough and feeling run down – are important to discuss with your physician. A thorough physical exam and further testing such as a pulmonary function and/or high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) test may be necessary to help facilitate a clear diagnosis.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is more likely to occur in those that are 60 years and older with a history of smoking. PF is also more common in men.
  • Currently there is no known cure for PF.
  • More than 50,000 cases of PF are diagnosed each year.
  • Many people with symptoms but no risk factors are diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which means the cause is unknown. This is the most common type of PF.
  • Additional factors put thousands of Americans at higher risk for pulmonary fibrosis, including family history of interstitial lung disease, prior or current radiation treatment to the chest and significant environmental, occupational or avocational exposure to dusts, aerosols, microbes or chemicals.

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) has launched a new educational website to educate individuals about this deadly disease. AboutPF.org offers a downloadable Pulmonary Fibrosis Risk List worksheet to facilitate the conversation about symptoms and risk factors with a general physician.

Dr. David Lederer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City is available for live interviews to discuss what pulmonary fibrosis is, how it is diagnosed and what to look for in a doctor or hospital to get evaluated and treated. He’ll also discuss how by understanding your potential risk factors you can work with your physician to improve the quality of your life.

For more information please visit www.AboutPF.org

 

MORE ABOUT DR. DAVID LEDERER

Dr. David J. Lederer is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lederer is the Co-Director of the New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center’s Interstitial Lung Disease Program and affiliated Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center.

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