The Asthma Awareness Program extends the department's services throughout the community by enhancing community, patient and healthcare providers' awareness of asthma. Services offered include educational workshops, counseling, consultations, and clinic appointments. The Asthma Awareness team provides emergency room coverage seven (7) days a week to manage adult and pediatric asthmatic patients.
It is becoming increasingly more common for individuals who are diagnosed with asthma to learn successful techniques to better manage their disease. They can work and attend school with minimal days lost. Most can enjoy the benefits of regular exercise and participate in sports-related activities.
Successful management of asthma requires a take-charge approach that includes:
Key components of Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Asthma Management Program include:
Asthma is a disease that restricts the passage of air through the bronchial tubes. A tightening of muscles that surround the bronchial wall and the production of excess mucus contribute to narrowing of the airways. This condition is always present, even if there are no symptoms. Flare-ups of the disease, often referred to as asthma attacks, generally occur as a result of triggers that may include:
In a mild, non-acute state, asthma may have little or no impact on an individual's ability to carry out activities of daily living. There are, however, warning signs that signal the onset of worsening symptoms or an acute asthma attack. These may include:
If your answer to any of the above questions is "two or more," talk to your physician about the Asthma Management Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Together, we will develop a customized plan that helps you achieve better control of your asthma.