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NCMC Spirit of Women teaches the importance of laughter


GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 30, 2012) —North Colorado Medical Center Spirit of Women invites the community to “Laughing Matters”— an opportunity to laugh and learn about the cardiopulmonary system and what happens when it isn’t working as it should.

The event is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., in the NCMC Auditorium. Attendees should use Entrance 6 on the east side of the hospital, and go down to the lower level to the Auditorium.

People rarely think about the 17,000 breaths they take every single day, but these breaths are critical for survival. Every cell in the body needs oxygen to live, and heart health relies on good function. Laughing does matter. It has been proven to be good medicine and can actually help improve health, but heart or lung disease is no laughing matter.

“A good belly laugh can improve your respiratory and cardiac health,” says Kris Howard, manager of the NCMC Spirit of Women Program. “A healthy cardiopulmonary system is crucial to healthy living and quality of life. Respiratory problems are not a normal or acceptable part of getting older.”

Respiratory disorders affect millions of Americans – many of whom do not even know it. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States and can be the result of an underlying genetic condition called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Join us to learn about this and other common respiratory conditions and how they could affect the heart.

Presenters for the evening are Michael Shedd, MD, from the Banner Heath Clinic, specializing in Pulmonology; and Missy Jensen, NP, a nurse practitioner with the Heart Failure Clinic at the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado. They will be available to answer questions as well.

Spirit of Women wants to help attendees laugh, with the aim of educating participants about symptoms and risk factors and moving them toward a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Organizers will offer free screenings for the Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, health education, refreshments, door prizes (including a $100 Visa card), and plenty to laugh about!  Visit NCMC's Spirit of Women to register or for more information, or call (970) 810-3000.

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives and the lives of their families with innovative health and community programs.

North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 378 beds. It serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado.

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