Asthma Control: Know Your Score
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Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Pro running back Jerome "The Bus" Bettis knows firsthand what can happen when your asthma gets out of control. Bettis and Norman Edelman, MD, from the American Lung Association, joined us on March 30, 2005 to answer quesitons about your asthma control rates and how you can improve it.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
The Asthma Control Test is five simple questions: It asks:
Based on the results, the person with asthma can get a sense of whether they are functioning as well as they should be, which should be close to absolutely normal.
Whatever the score, they should take the results of the test to their physician and discuss it. And it may be -- it's likely to be actually -- that the physician and the patient with asthma will find ways to improve their care. This may involve adjustment of medications; it may involve a modification of the asthma action plan, such as better strategies to avoid triggers. It may be found in many cases that people's asthma control can be improved.
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