What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but adults can have asthma, too. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs. Asthma can be controlled by taking maintenance and fast acting (rescue) medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack.
What is recommended care for Asthma?
To prevent asthma attacks, people with chronic asthma should be taking daily control medicine. Your doctor should talk with you about the best medicines to treat your asthma and stay healthy.
- Every Doctor Visit: Give you a physical exam.
- Every Doctor Visit: Check for wheezing and/or coughing.
- Every Doctor Visit: Check how often breathing problems happen.
- Every Doctor Visit: Prescribe medication(s).
- Every Doctor Visit: Make an action plan to manage your asthma.
- Every Doctor Visit: Give you flu/pneumonia shots as needed.
- Every Doctor Visit: Check for other problems (acid reflux, heart failure).
- Ongoing: Make sure your blood pressure is less than 140/90.
- Ongoing: Check your asthma action plan progress.
- Ongoing: Discuss what you can do to avoid triggers.
- Ongoing: Teach you how to use peak flow meters, inhalers and medicines.
- Ongoing: Check to make sure maintenance medicines are refilled and are used correctly.
- Flare-Ups, Worsening Symptoms: Prescribe fast-acting, inhaled medicine.
- Flare-Ups, Worsening Symptoms: Prescribe oral steroid when problems are not solved with inhaled medicines.
What do the reports tell me?
About 83% of persons ages 5-64 in the Kentuckiana region with asthma were given the preferred medication. You can use the quality reports on this site to compare how well doctors' offices give the recommended care for asthma. Higher scores are better.
Where can I learn more?
Asthma and Allergy Foundation Educational information; search for a local chapter or support group; includes information in Spanish www.aafa.org
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
COPD makes it hard for you to breathe. Coughing up mucus is often the first sign of COPD. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are forms of COPD.
What is recommended care for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
Before being diagnosed with COPD, doctors should give patients a spirometry test to confirm a diagnosis of COPD.
What do the reports tell me? You can use the quality reports on this site to compare how often doctors’ offices used a spirometry test to confirm that a patient 40 and older with a new COPD diagnosis. Higher scores are better.
Where can I learn more?
American Lung Association: Learn about COPD, living with COPD, and treatment.