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Contact: Beth Binkley

Editor's Advisory:

Public invited to Lung Health Forum to learn more about keeping their lungs healthy.

 What: Your Lung Health Forum

When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, December 9, 2010

Where: The Boulevard Mall in front of the Food Court

Lung Health Information Available at the Boulevard Mall

IRVING , TEX. (November 12, 2010) – Do you ever stop to think about breathing? Or think about how your lungs are doing? If you're one of the millions of Americans who have lung conditions including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, sleep-disordered breathing, you think about breathing a lot.

On December 9 at The Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Pkwy , Las Vegas from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) will host Your Lung Health, a public forum for those who want to learn more about their lungs. The event occurs during the International Respiratory Congress slated for December 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center .

“The Congress is like no other gathering of respiratory experts in the world,” says Melaine Giordano, MS, RN, CPFT, co-organizer of the public forum. “Our therapists will share their expertise at the Boulevard Mall with the very patients and families we serve, those suffering from respiratory diseases.”

”We believe this event in Las Vegas will help educate the healthy public as well as those dealing with lung disease learn more about important ways to live well with respiratory conditions,” adds Tom Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC and chief operating officer of the AARC.

Respiratory Therapists (RTs) are licensed health care professionals. RTs assist physicians by providing diagnostic, treatment and management services to patients with respiratory conditions. RTs provide these services in hospitals, outpatient centers, physicians' offices, skilled nursing facilities and patients' homes. 

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is a not-for-profit, professional organization, consisting of 50,000 respiratory therapists, physicians, and other health care professionals. The AARC is dedicated to assisting persons with respiratory diseases receive safe and effective respiratory care. The AARC's International Respiratory Congress is the world's largest international pulmonary educational show, attracting more than 5,000 attendees annually.


Additional Information for Clark County Residents:

4 7% of Clark County residents have smoked over a 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

13% of Clark County adults have been told, by a health care professional, they have asthma.

Lung/bronchus cancer is the leading type of cancer in Clark County and accounted for 31% of all resident cancer deaths.

Respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in Clark County .


Melaine Giordano


Beth Binkley
American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100 ,
Irving , TX 75063