Shelbyville Daily Union

August 20, 2013

Discussing respiratory disorders at SMH's August Girls Night Out


Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — SHELBYVILLE, IL - According to the American Lung Association, the average healthy adult takes 15 to 20 breaths per minute, totaling over 20,000 breaths each day. Many forms of lung disease may affect our lungs’ performance and quality of life.

For this reason, Shelby Memorial Hospital’s (SMH) Girls Night Out will focus on respiratory disorders for women in our community. Girls Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 27, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Lake Shelbyville’s Visitors Center, off of Route 16, just east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited.

Featured guest speaker at Girls Night Out, Dr. M.B. Prabhu, Pulmonary Specialist from Tayorville Medical Associates, will speak about respiratory disorders, and how they negatively impact a woman’s health. He will define in simple terms a few lung disorders including influenza, lung cancer, asthma, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). Dr. Prabhu will explain ways to keep your lungs healthy and new treatments available to those affected by lung disorders.

According to Dr. Prabhu, “Breath is essential for life. Many issues can negatively affect our quality of breathing. Smoking, second-hand smoke, air quality, allergens and other factors profoundly impact our lungs over time. Keeping your lungs healthy is a vital part of an overall healthy lifestyle.”

Our second speaker, Jill Wells, RRT, RCP and Cardio-Pulmonary Department Manager at SMH, will explain how the SMH Cardio-Pulmonary Department can help those affected by lung disorders and what medical advances in equipment are available to oxygen dependent patients.

Those in attendance may receive a free hand massage at the door from Massage Therapist Jason House. While waiting, you may enjoy a healthy snack and register for a chance to win a fabulous door prize.

Since 2009 when Girls Night Out was formed, SMH has addressed a wide-variety of relevant health topics; however, the focal point continues to be breast health. Self breast care and early detection of cancer through mammograms significantly improve a woman’s chance for treatment. Mammograms are encouraged and available at SMH by appointment.

For more information on Girls Night Out, or to schedule a mammogram, please visit MySMH.org or call Shelby Memorial Hospital at 217-774-3961, ext. 5171.