Asthma awareness – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects more than 230 million people worldwide. It’s a dangerous disease, but treatable.
Kiley: One of the mainstays of treatment for asthma is inhaled medicines.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley at the NIH says there are two kinds: bronchodilators, that open the airway, and corticosteroids.
Kiley: Those are agents that that deal with the inflammation and they’re long-term controller medicines that individuals take regularly.
Narrator: He emphasizes that it is important to take both medications as directed. 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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