Asthma awareness – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An asthma attack can be a life threatening event. Dr. James Kiley at the NIH explains, that an asthma attack is a chain reaction where people with the chronic lung disease have difficulty breathing.
Kiley: If you can’t move air in and out of your lungs and you constrict that airway and you cannot get it open with pharmacological agents then it becomes a deadly disease, a fatal disease.
Narrator: But he emphasizes, there are steps to help patients lead a normal life. They include taking medications as prescribed, and avoiding exposure to the allergens that may trigger an attack. For more on asthma and its treatments, 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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