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Free Asthma Information Offered at Aurora Locations May 18-22

Friday, May 15, 2009

Marinette, Wis. - May is Asthma Awareness Month and Aurora Health Care is offering free information about this potentially life-threatening chronic lung disease at the following locations the week of May 18:

  • 1510 University Drive in Marinette;
  • 3130 Shore Drive in Marinette, 2nd floor;
  • 4061 Old Peshtigo Road in Marinette;
  • 441 French Street in Peshtigo; and
  • 530 Smith Ave in Oconto.

Aurora has a team of providers to help those with asthma issues. They include Ahmad Khayat, M.D., who specializes in internal medicine and pulmonology and can be reached at 715-735-7112; Respiratory Therapist Mary Miles, who can be reached at 715-735-7112; and Family Nurse Practitioner Tracy Slater who is trained as an asthma educator and can be reached at 715-735-7421.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay also has a free Asthma School program for children and adults who have asthma. Upcoming educational classes on July 15, September 30 and November 18 will be at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, 2845 Greenbrier Road, in Green Bay. A National Certified Asthma Instructor facilitates this class. To learn more about Asthma School, call 888-863-5502 or register online at www.Aurora.org/Events and type in keyword: 'asthma.'

In the U.S., asthma currently affects 22.8 million adults and children. Common triggers to asthma symptoms include: allergens, irritants like smoke and cold air, infections, acid reflux, and medications.

Asthma is a disease that affects the airways, or tubes that carry air into the lungs. With asthma, the airways become clogged with mucus, become inflamed and spasm. These changes cause wheezing, cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath and trouble speaking.

People should seek consultation when there is/are:

  • A personal history of seasonal or persistent asthma.
  • Symptoms that worsen after a new pet has been introduced into the home.
  • A need for daily asthma reliever medications.
  • A need for education of and guidance for self-management techniques.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Jen Strebel (920-496-6369)

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