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Landmark survey reveals asthma in children remains significantly out of control in the United States

ery treatment goal established by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) -- part of the National Institutes of Health. A point-by- point comparison shows asthma is not being as well-controlled as it should be:

NHLBI Goals of Therapy

  • Minimal or no chronic asthma symptoms (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness) during the day or night

Children and Asthma in America Survey Findings

In the past four weeks;

  • 2/3 of children (67%) experienced asthma symptoms during the day, during the night or during exercise or exertion
  • Nearly one in five children (19%) experienced daytime symptoms three times a week to daily; almost a quarter (22%) experienced symptoms at least once a week at night

NHLBI Goals of Therapy

  • Minimal or no exacerbations (including hospitalization or emergency room visits)

Children and Asthma in America Survey Findings

  • 23% have visited the emergency room in the past year
  • 42% reported unscheduled acute care visits in the past year because of asthma

NHLBI Goals of Therapy

  • No limitations on activities; no school/parent's work missed

Children and Asthma in America Survey Findings

  • 54% missed school or daycare in the past year as a result of their asthma, with an average of nearly four days missed
  • 39% of parents of children with asthma missed work in the past year due to their child's condition
  • 62% of children said asthma caused them to limit activities a lot or some

NHLBI Goals of Therapy

  • Minimal use of short-acting beta-agonists (rescue inhaler)

Children and Asthma in America Survey Findings

  • Of those who used rescue medications in the past four weeks, nearly half (42%) used them
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Contact: Kathryn Ritzinger
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8-Dec-2004


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