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Asthma education in Carson City

According to Dr. Stuart Stoloff, one in 10 Americans has asthma.

Stoloff has dedicated his life to researching new methods of treatment for this chronic disease, and will speak on the subject today at 7 p.m. at the Ormsby House in Carson City.

The Asthma Education Program, hosted by Carson-Tahoe Hospital, aims to increase people’s knowledge about what asthma is and how it can affect people’s lives.

“I will speak about the basics of the disease, the types of medication available, and how to develop a relationship with your physician with the understanding that you’re striving for self-management care,” Stoloff said. “We’re looking to educate people about the disease because many have no idea that they can live normal, active lives.”

The program is free and will include four sessions where guests can learn how to identify asthma and its symptoms, and how to control it. Participants will receive individualized asthma action plans.

“We will discuss how to identify what your goals are as a patient, as well as the needs of asthma patients in the face of the increasing numbers of people who have it,” Stoloff said.

The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce emergency room visits, said Kim Reyes, Carson-Tahoe Hospital’s asthma education coordinator. In 1998, 173 asthma patients visited the hospital’s emergency room. Of the 44 patients who completed the Asthma Education Program, only three returned to the emergency room with asthma complications.

“Knowing the facts can really affect your quality of life for years and years,” said Reyes, who has asthma himself. “Asthma can become very severe and many people don’t know that a lot of it can be averted through regular medication and care.”

Symptoms of asthma include a chronic cough while at rest or after exercise, shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest. According to the American Lung Association, 1,264 adults and 592 children suffer from asthma in Douglas County. One in 10 children and one in 15 adults with asthma will visit the hospital annually.

“People with asthma should know how to deal with an attack at home,” Reyes said. “And with regular maintenance medication, they can control the inflammation and constriction of the airway lining and lead a normal life.”

The Asthma Education Program is today at 7 p.m. at the Ormsby House, Ballroom C, second floor, 600 South Carson St., Carson City. For more information, contact (775) 885-4336.

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