Asthma awareness – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma. And there are about 7 million children with the chronic lung disease. Dr. James Kiley at the NIH emphasizes that it’s important for asthma patients to take their medications as prescribed.
Kiley: But we know that probably as many as 40% to 50% of the patients that have asthma whether it’s mild, moderate, or severe asthma don’t take their medicines on a regular basis.
Narrator: He explains that many patients may feel their asthma is controlled, because they don’t have symptoms, only to have an attack triggered by an allergen. For details, 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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