Asthma, a condition caused by inflammation of airways to the lungs, triggers swelling and narrowing of air passages, reducing the amount of air that can pass through. This leads to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma affects people of all ages, but often begins in childhood.
CHI St. Luke’s Health physicians diagnose asthma and collaborate with healthcare teams to develop and direct individualized treatment plans, including lifestyle changes and medication. Patients must take an active role in managing this chronic condition. Sophisticated procedures such as bronchial thermoplasty help reduce the number of asthma attacks.
Innovative and long-term care improves quality of life and reduces time lost from school, work, and other daily activities.