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American Health Network

Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects millions of people each year. In one recent year asthma problems in the U.S. resulted in 1.8 million ER visits and 10.4 million doctor visits. Asthma strikes people of all ages and causes attacks that result in difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and more. Left untreated it can lead to serious health problems and increased health costs. Perhaps the most important thing to know about asthma is that it can be controlled.

The physicians of American Health Network recognize the problems asthma can cause and have been proactive in offering Asthma Centers in many of its facilities. These facilities have respiratory therapists on staff to evaluate needs, educate patients and assist the American Health Network physicians in controlling asthma. These programs have dramatically reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations among asthma sufferers - one practice has seen a decrease of more than 98% in emergency room visits from its asthma patients since beginning its Asthma Management Program.

Benefits of American Health Network's Asthma Management Programs:

  • Our respiratory therapists are teachers, coaches and skilled operators of the latest testing equipment.
  • Our therapists work closely with your physician to make sure you are getting appropriate, high quality asthma care.
  • From the very first appointment, which typically lasts an hour, patients with asthma get in-depth information, including pulmonary function testing, treatment plans and exercise & diet guidelines.
  • Our Asthma Center gives patients the knowledge and tools that allow them to manage their own asthma - resulting in reduced fears during an attack and the ability to prevent attacks.
  • Our team based approach assures that patients have ready access to one of our providers.

To learn more about our Asthma Management Programs contact your doctor or search for a local doctor to schedule an appointment today.

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