Albany Med Holds Asthma Education and Awareness Event
ALBANY, N.Y., May 21, 2014 – In recognition of Asthma Awareness Month, a team of Albany Medical Center’s asthma educators, led by pediatric pulmonary expert Robert Kaslovsky, M.D., held an asthma awareness exhibit today at Albany Medical Center.
“In the United States today, more than 25 million people have been diagnosed with asthma – nearly 7 million of those are children and young adults,” said Dr. Kaslovsky, chief of the pediatric pulmonary division of the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med. “While asthma can’t be cured, it can be effectively managed. Our outreach today is designed to help people understand what triggers an attack and the best ways to respond.”
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. During an attack, which can happen suddenly, swelling causes the airways to narrow, muscles around them to tighten, and mucus to clogs passages to the lungs, causing difficulty with breathing.
During the presentation, Albany Med’s Asthma Awareness Education Committee, which is comprised of physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists, provided information on how to best treat an asthma attack. They also gave demonstrations of how to use asthma devises such as inhalers and spacers, which can rapidly deliver medication during an asthma attack.
While every asthma action plan is unique to the patient, Dr. Kaslovsky noted that these tips will help anyone dealing with asthma:
Know your own asthma triggers and reduce them in your home. It’s important to remember that triggers vary from season to season.
Eat a healthy diet. Overall good health benefits everyone.
Get proper exercise, but only after consulting with your doctor to understand how exercise affects you and if it triggers asthma symptoms.
Take your medication as prescribed, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Establishing a routine is important.
Educate yourself. It’s proven that those who learn the most about asthma are the most successful at controlling it.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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