Asthma

Asthma BoyAsthma is a chronic disease that restricts inflamed airways, tightens muscles of air passages, and increases mucus production making normal breathing difficult.  Pediatric asthma is the most common chronic childhood health problem and a leading cause of childhood disability.  Though asthma can be managed through education, medication, and avoidance of triggers, many children and their families lack the understanding, skills, and access to health services to properly control the disease, resulting in significant financial, physical, social, and educational costs. 

DID YOU KNOW

  • Arizona has one of the highest asthma rates in the country.
  • In 2007, an estimated 548,000 Arizonans identified themselves as having asthma.
  • Seventy-two Arizonans died from Asthma in 2003.
  • Arizona Hospitalization Discharge Data (2003) show a total of 32,171 asthma-related hospitalizations for Arizona residents.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION'S WORK FOCUSED ON ASTHMA.