Breathe Easier with Ingalls Asthma Education

Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 23 million Americans, including seven million children.

With staggering numbers like these, there is a good chance you or someone you know has been affected. Venita Jones understands. That is why the Ingalls Wellness Center has introduced a comprehensive Asthma Education Program. Following the guidelines of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, the Ingalls program focuses on asthma management and offers individualized sessions with a certified asthma educator.

"I was hospitalized four times in the last three years with my asthma," explains Venita Jones, 52, of Calumet City. "It was scary."

Since Venita started the Ingalls Wellness Center program in 2010, she has stayed out of the hospital and kept her asthma under control.

"I've learned a lot and I feel better," she added. "I don't wheeze or get short of breath like I used to. So far, so good."

Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 23 million Americans, including seven million children. With staggering numbers like these, there is a good chance you or someone you know has been affected. Venita Jones understands.

About Asthma

Asthma is a disease that causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Symptoms often vary, but one thing is consistent: When airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, the airways become inflamed, narrow, and fill with mucus. The good news is that asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack.

If you or a family member has asthma, it is important to understand asthma triggers (or causes). It is also important to quit smoking if you have asthma.

"People who smoke cigarettes are more likely to get asthma or have worse symptoms," explains Jerry Itkonen, M.D., board-certified pulmonologist on staff at Ingalls and medical director of the Ingalls Asthma Education Program. "If you have asthma and you're a smoker, quitting is the most important step you can take to protect your lungs."

If you or someone you know has uncontrolled asthma, the Ingalls Asthma Education Program can help.

For more information, call the Ingalls Wellness Center at 708.206.0072.

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