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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. You may be surprised to know that it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. While living with lung disease isn’t easy, good management can significantly improve the quality of your life.  On HEALTH LINK we examine the prevention, diagnosis and treatment OF COPD. 


Scott Beegle, MD
Dr. Scott Beegle is a pulmonologist with AMC Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.

Alice Dunkley

Alice Dunkley is living with an inherited form of emphysema.  She was diagnosed 25 years ago with Alpha 1 Anti-trypsin Deficiency. 

Peggy Keigley, MS
Peggy Keigley is the Director of The Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health which covers an eight-county region including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Green, Columbia, Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware Counties.  Ms. Keigley has a master’s degree in psychology and she maintained a counseling practice specializing in treating smoking cessation and addiction recovery issues.  Previously, Ms. Keigley was the Coordinator for the Tobacco Dependence Program for Glens Falls Hospital.  She is author of the near best seller, Quit & Win the War of Cigarette Withdrawal.


American Lung Association

National Institutes of Health

American Thoracic Society

COPD Alliance

COPD Foundation

The National Emphysema Foundation

COPD Information Line: 866-316-2673

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