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Asthma Specialist

CHW Cares

Senior focused Medical and Dental Care in Washington Heights, NY

If you regularly experience shortness of breath or chest pain that interferes with your ability to get a good night’s sleep or exercise, consider asthma care. At CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan, the team of primary care providers offers asthma care to people in New York City ages 65 and older. Using a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, activity modifications, and medication, they can minimize your symptoms and help you feel better.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma care?

Asthma care is a medical specialty that diagnoses and treats asthma, a chronic respiratory condition.  

Asthma causes your airways to swell and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Many individuals with asthma experience only mild symptoms, but for some people, it can trigger a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. 

There’s no cure for asthma, but with intervention, treatment, and regular checkups, you can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and lead an active life. 

Who can benefit from asthma care?

You might benefit from asthma care if you experience symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks

If these issues worsen during physical activity like work or exercise, make an appointment at CHW Cares.

What are the types of asthma?

CHW Cares treats several types of asthma, including:

Exercise-induced asthma

Exercise-induced asthma occurs during physical activities like working out or playing sports. Symptoms are often worse when the air is cold and dry.  

Occupational asthma

Occupational asthma causes difficulty breathing as a result of exposure to chemical fumes, dust, or gases. This type of asthma tends to affect people who work in construction, manufacturing, or warehousing. 

Allergy-induced asthma

Allergy-induced asthma occurs as a result of exposure to airborne substances like pet hair, pollen, or mold. You can significantly reduce the symptoms by avoiding specific triggers.

What does asthma care involve?

At CHW Cares, an asthma care appointment begins with a review of your medical history and a discussion of your symptoms, including their severity and if any activities like exercise make them worse.

The team conducts several lung function tests, including spirometry and peak flow. Spirometry measures how much air you can inhale and the force at which you breathe out, while peak flow measures how hard you exhale. 

If the team determines you have asthma, they develop a custom treatment plan.

How is asthma treated?

Asthma treatment depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and your asthma triggers. 

At CHW Cares, the team usually recommends a combination of long-term control medications, quick-relief inhalers, and healthy lifestyle changes. The goal of treatment is to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 


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