Asthma awareness – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects the airway, or tubes that bring air into the lungs.
Kiley: And it’s difficult to get air in and out of the lung.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley at the NIH explains, a dangerous chain reaction leading to sometimes extreme difficulty breathing is known as an asthma attack.
Kiley: Where people are reacting to irritants, agents, chemicals, sprays, allergens.
Narrator: Asthma affects more than 230 million people worldwide, including more than 25 million people in the United States. For more information on asthma and its treatments, as well and ongoing medical research on the causes of asthma, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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