Devastating disease causes progressive scarring in lungs; More than 200,000 people are living with it.
Imagine a lung disease where you become progressively shorter and shorter of breath.
Where your life expectancy can be three to five years. Where, as the condition progresses, your risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious health issues increases.
Today patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis have a place to turn. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy (CUMC-BM) joins the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network. Only 68 medical centers nationwide offer this kind of expertise in diagnosing and treating people with pulmonary fibrosis. CUMC-BM is the only care center in Nebraska with the designation.
“Our goal is to provide comprehensive care and expertise to those living with this life-threatening condition,” said Douglas Moore, MD, a pulmonary medicine and critical care doctor.
Dr. Moore pointed out that while there is no cure currently for pulmonary fibrosis, therapies and treatments are constantly improving. If caught early, treatment can slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis. At the center, patients get a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, assistance with social services and opportunities to take part in research. They also learn about treatments, breathing techniques and exercise programs.