2nd August, 2016Asthma Action Plan
In an effort to continually improve the health of our community, the National Health Co-op regularly undertakes reviews of our patient records to identify individuals who could benefit from preventative health measures.
We are currently identifying patients who might be suffering from Asthma and whose health could be improved by creating an Asthma Action Plan.
1 in 10 Australians are estimated to have asthma (around 2.3 million).
Asthma is a long-term condition that affects the airways in the lungs. People with asthma have sensitive airways which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus secretion into the airways. These changes make it harder to breathe.
Some symptoms of asthma include:
- Tight feeling in the chest
- Cough (worse at night)
Risk factors for asthma include family history of asthma or other forms of allergies.
Exposure to cigarette smoke worsens the control of asthma.
Poorly controlled asthma can adversely affect quality of life in the form of:
- Poor exercise/physical activity tolerance
- Lost days from work/school
Asthma can also lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening complications including:
- Severe asthma attacks that do not respond to treatment requiring hospital admission (status asthmaticus).
- a collapse of part or all of the lung
- respiratory failure, where the levels of oxygen in the blood become dangerously low, or the levels of carbon dioxide become dangerously high
While everyone with asthma should have a written asthma action plan, only about 20% of people aged 15 and over have a written asthma action plan and 41% of children (under 15) have an asthma action plan.
If you would like to book an appointment with your doctor for an asthma review and to discuss your individual asthma action plan click – BOOK NOW
Our pharmacist (available at Charnwood and Chisholm clinics) can also be of help in discussing any concerns you may have with regards to your asthma medications / treatment. GP and pharmacist visits will be by appointment only.
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