Dr. Alyson Smith is interviewed by News 12 the Bronx on a new type of asthma therapy that has made a huge difference in the life of a 9-year-old Bronx girl.
Our Asthma Center of Excellence provides an innovative and highly effective approach to the treatment of asthma in adults and children. We diagnose each individual through patient history, physician examination and pulmonary function and exercise tests. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, we will create and action plan to control and treat the condition.
In addition to your primary care physician, you will have an entire team of caregivers working together to help you manage your asthma. This may include pulmonologists, allergists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists and even home health care services if needed.
Asthma affects an estimated one in 12 Americans (including one in about 10 children). The Bronx has one of the highest rates of asthma in the United States. In some neighborhoods, it’s been estimated that 20% of the children have asthma.
If you or your child suffers from asthma, you know personally how it can affect you in terms of missed work and school days, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Asthma Action Plan
While asthma has no cure, it can be effectively managed. That’s why you shouldn’t feel they need to simply learn to live with your asthma, but rather work with our asthma specialists at the Center for Comprehensive Care to develop and follow a proactive asthma action plan. This can include guidance on taking medicines properly, avoiding asthma triggers, tracking level of asthma control, responding to worsening symptoms, and seeking emergency care when needed.
The Asthma Center cares for both children and adults, and consists of a team approach comprised of board certified physicians in both pulmonary medicine and allergy, a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, respiratory therapist and medical assistant. Once a diagnosis of asthma is confirmed, the team creates an action plan for each patient to control and treat the condition. For children whose asthma is controllable, an environmental management plan will be developed to help control their asthma attacks to give them the highest quality of life possible. For adults, treatment may include smoking cessation treatment when needed.