The Harvard Medical School Guide to Taking Control of Asthma: A Comprehensive Prevention and Treatment Plan for You and Your Family

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 331 pages
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Take control of your asthma now wih this easy-to-follow personalized approach

Shortness of breath. Tightness in the chest. Wheezing and coughing. These distressing symptoms are a daily fact of life for many of the fifteen million Americans who suffer from asthma, including nearly six million children -- and asthma is on the rise. But even those with severe asthma can lead full, active lives with the help of the experts at Harvard Medical School and Partners Asthma Center. Here is a commonsense guide that includes:

  • Cutting-edge therapies such as anti-IgE therapy and leukotriene-blocking drugs -- as well as complementary and alternative medicine treatments
  • Practice sessions that help you create a personalized program to prepare for acute asthma attacks

Plus, special sections addressing issues faced by:

  • Women -- how pregnancy and hormone replacement therapy may affect your asthma
  • The elderly -- how to distinguish asthma from other respiratory conditions such as emphysema
 

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Inspired by the patient education initiatives at the Partners Asthma Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, physicians Fanta, Lynda Cristiano, and Kenan Haver wrote this excellent ... Read full review

Contents

Diagnosing Your Asthma
21
Judging the Severity of Your Asthma
37
Nonpharmacological Therapies Taking Action Against Your
53
Asthma Medications The Quick Relievers
71
Controller Medications The Corticosteroids
93
The Other Controllers
116
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
139
Caring for Your Asthma
149
Asthma in the Elderly
233
When Asthma Doesnt Get Better
241
Developing Your Asthma Action Plan
260
Testing Your Skills for Dealing with an Asthma Flareup
280
Wrapping It Up
292
Appendix
297
Glossary
299
Asthma Timeline
307

Finding the Treatment Thats Right for You
151
The Many Faces of Asthma
172
Special Considerations in Children
193
Special Considerations in Women
213
Resources
309
Index
313
Illustration Credits
331
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About the author (2003)

Christopher H. Fanta, M.D., is director of Partners Asthma Center and one of its cofounders. He is a member of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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