Safely Reduce Your Severe Asthma

Suffering from chronic asthma and asthma attacks is frustrating. It interferes with your daily life and can limit the types of activities you participate in. Even walking around the block can feel like you’re climbing a mountain. But you’re not alone. More than 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. And of those 25 million, approximately 5-10% suffer from persistent or breakthrough asthma.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that uncontrolled asthma consumes over $18 billion of health care resources each year. In the U.S. each year, asthma attacks result in approximately 10 million outpatient visits, 2 million emergency room visits, 500,000 hospitalizations and 3,300 deaths.

Typically, medications are used to give a temporary reduction of persistent or breakthrough asthma symptoms. Some patients take a pill daily, along with carrying an inhaler and other emergency medications.Bronchial Thermoplasty reduces asthma attacks by reducing the amount of air way smooth muscle.

At Reynolds Memorial Hospital, we understand that frustrations and limitations of living with persistent or breakthrough asthma. That’s why we’re proud to offer a new state-of-the-art medical procedure to provide persistent or breakthrough asthma patients with a safe, long-term and proven treatment option to help reduce asthma attacks.

 

 

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WHY IS RESPIRATORY THERAPY AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION IMPORTANT

Why is Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Important? 

Respiratory therapy takes proven strategies and applies them to patients in need of immediate respiratory care. It is a composition of methods that provides solutions for hospital patients with lung and breathing problems.

Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary RehabilitationIn conjunction with other healthcare staff, the respiratory therapist works and coordinates a course of action to bring patient breathing levels back to normal. This usually happens after surgery but can occur if a person suffers from lung and airway disorders, mesothelioma, asthma or other lung disorders. The goal of a respiratory therapist is to ensure that a patient’s breathing functions are operating at the highest levels of performance.

 


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One of the most commonly integrated curriculums used in respiratory therapy is pulmonary rehabilitation. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a system of physical activity, education and support utilized to breathe and function at the highest degree possible. Patients will be shown techniques by one or more respiratory therapists to help improve the patient’s breathing and help them live a more normal life.

They will show how to effectively manage their cardiovascular and/or respiratory condition so the patient can maintain their health even after the program. The patient’s support team will conduct an entire background check of medical history, discuss present level of exercise and help establish milestones for their respiratory therapy.

Monitoring their heart rates, blood pressure and oxygen levels can do this. This is done to ensure that patients are not pushed too far but will still achieve the benefits of focused respiratory exercises.


The Introduction of New Concepts

Patients will be introduced to concepts that will serve them far after treatment is finished. Respiratory therapists will fill them in on breathing strategies, dietary suggestions, medication, relaxation exercises, oxygen, blood circulation and how to manage daily tasks with minimal to no shortness of breath. In brief, it will help those with breathing problems to not only lessen their immediate symptoms but also maintain their breathing in the future.

Moreover, pulmonary rehabilitation teaches coping mechanisms as a therapeutic solution for dealing with respiratory conditions such as depression, anxiety and panic. Lastly, patients will be part of a supportive community of teachers and colleagues all focused on maximizing their health.


Identifying New Challenges

All in all, it is more of a challenge to identify how concepts such as respiratory therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation are NOT important. These methods are focused on bringing a person’s breathing activity back to an optimal state. It can be done following surgery or for those suffering from a cardiovascular/respiratory condition. This program offers support and education that will benefit their health for years to come.


Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Reynolds Memorial Hospital has registered respiratory therapists on staff that can treat patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system and perform diagnostic tests such as Arterial Blood Gas Analysis and complete Pulmonary Functioning.

For more information about our respiratory therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation services, please contact Pam Zorn, RT, Director: (304) 843-3318