Asthma is a chronic, lifelong disease that affects health and well-being. It prevents individuals from enjoying activities such as sports, exercise, shopping and even sleeping.
That's why the Asthma Management Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is designed specifically to help affected individuals gain the knowledge and skills needed to help manage asthma symptoms. As part of the program, you will receive one-on-one education and training on the aspects of asthma, including:
- Understanding asthma
- Recognizing its signs and symptoms
- Learning about triggers and avoidance of allergens
- Controlling asthma episodes
- Monitoring asthma and medication used to control symptoms
Entry into the program requires a written referral from your physician. If you do not have a physician, the staff can help you locate one who can provide a referral, or you can Find a Physician online. Most forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, are accepted. To contact the asthma clinic, please call 214-345-6367.
During your first appointment, a self-management plan will be developed to help you monitor your asthma symptoms, take your medications as prescribed by your physician, and attempt to control asthma episodes.
It is very important that you follow your management plan, as it will be reviewed during follow-up visits to help the staff make adjustments. Follow-up visits will take place as needed, and you will be contacted by telephone to monitor your progress.
The asthma management program is on the fifth floor of the main hospital building. Appointments can be scheduled through your physician's office at 214-345-6367. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments can be made.
Pulmonologists on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are the first in the North Texas region to begin performing a ground-breaking procedure that could offer long-term relief to asthma sufferers who don't find full relief from asthma medications. This ground-breaking procedure, called bronchial thermoplasty, could mean long-term help for those with severe, unresponsive asthma-related breathing problems. Bronchial thermoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure done during three outpatient visits. Each visit is about three weeks apart and treats a different part of the lungs. Patients are under light anesthesia and typically go home the same day.
How does bronchial thermoplast work?
During the procedure, a small, flexible catheter is guided into the lung using a bronchoscope accessed through the nose or mouth. No incision is required. The tip of the catheter is expanded to touch the walls of the airway. The catheter delivers controlled radiofrequency energy along the length of the airway walls in 10 second bursts. The heat reduces the amount of excess airway smooth muscle and limits its ability to constrict, making it less sensitive to irritants in the air. Traditionally, living with asthma has meant patients have to avoid "triggers," use medications religiously to prevent flare-ups and have an inhaler handy at all times. This kind of treatment goes right to the source of the problem, hopefully offering a way of life less dependent on having to avoid triggers to reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks.