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Asthma Care

Hendrick Asthma Education Program

At Hendrick Health, our Asthma Education Program is a valuable tool for patients and their families. Asthma is the most common chronic disorder among children, affecting 7.1 million children, and it is a leading cause of school absenteeism and child hospitalization. The National Center for Environmental Health estimates that over 60 million children and adults have asthma.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways causing attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight, and the lining of the air passages swells. This reduces the amount of air that can pass. Many asthma sufferers have a family history of allergies, while others have no history at all.

The asthma care team at Hendrick Health specializes in diagnosing and treating the disorder in patients of all ages. By helping you develop an individual treatment plan, and by offering accurate and up-to-date education, our staff serves as a valuable member of your asthma management team.

Asthma Screening Questionnaire

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please contact your medical provider regarding asthma testing. Does your child experience:

  • Chronic cough at night?
  • Coughing during and/or after exercise?
  • Tires easily or has trouble keeping up with other children of the same age?
  • Has colds that often progress into bronchitis?
  • Often clears his/her throat?
  • Has seasonal allergies (hay fever, eczema etc.)?
  • Chest tightness, wheezing and/or shortness of breath after exercise or activity?

Contact Us

Hendrick Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Susan McQuade RRT, AE-C, at 325-670-2112
Bonnie Coxe RRT, RPFT, at 325-670-2872

Goals of Asthma Therapy

  • Minimal or no chronic asthma symptoms day or night
  • No limitations on activities, no missed school days
  • Minimal use of rescue or quick relief inhaler
  • Normal lung function
  • Minimal or no adverse side-effects from medications
  • Satisfaction with asthma control