Asthma is a medical condition that more than 25 million people in the U.S. are living with. This lung disease involves inflammation and constriction of the airways, which cause the hallmark symptom—difficulty breathing. If you’ve been experiencing any respiratory difficulties, Largo Medical Center offers pulmonary rehabilitation services to help you learn how to live well with asthma. Call our free Consult A Nurse Hotline today.
Understanding Your Risk Factors
Asthma typically begins in childhood; however, it can develop later in life. You’re at a higher risk of developing asthma if you have a family history of the condition. You’re also at a higher risk if you have other medical conditions such as allergies, eczema, or frequent respiratory infections. Boys tend to develop asthma more frequently than girls. However, when the disease develops later in life, gender is not considered a contributing risk factor.
Identifying Your Symptoms
Ask your doctor about symptoms such as wheezing, which refers to a whistling sound during breathing. You might also suffer from tightness in your chest area, or a squeezing sensation. Asthma commonly causes shortness of breath due to the restricted flow of air. Many patients report frequent coughing, particularly early in the morning or at night.
Undergoing Diagnostic Tests
To learn whether you’re living with asthma, you can expect to have your doctor prescribe a few tests for you at your local hospital. Your physician will evaluate your medical history and family history, and he or she will conduct a physical exam. You’ll likely undergo a lung function test. Your physician may recommend other tests to determine if other conditions could be causing your symptoms. For example, you might undergo a chest X-ray or EKG. Other helpful tests include allergy testing and bronchoprovocation testing.
Largo Medical Center is a full-service teaching hospital dedicated to improving the wellness of residents in Largo, FL and throughout Pinellas County. We offer a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for those with asthma and other pulmonary conditions. You can connect with our hospital by calling (727) 470-6826 or visit us on the web to explore our other healthcare services, including bariatric/weight loss surgery as well as orthopedic surgery and more.