From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: “My doctor said I was a high-risk asthmatic. What does that mean?”

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If you have an asthmatic in your life, it’s important to know that asthmatics die.  The risk of death is higher in certain asthmatics. If you or your loved one is in this subset of asthmatics, you really must be diligent in avoiding those triggers that cause asthma attacks. You must also be attentive and consistent in taking your ‘controller’ medicines.

These circumstances define a high risk asthmatic:

  • A history of sudden severe asthma attacks
  • Prior need to be intubated (placed on a respiratory aka breathing machine)
  • Prior admission to a hospital ICU (intensive care unit)
  • Greater than one admission or two ER visits in the past year
  • An ER visit within the last month
  • Needing to use two or more inhalers per month
  • Current or recent oral steroid use
  • Illicit drug use
  • Concomitant cardiopulmonary or psychosocial disease

For more on asthma from Straight, No Chaser, click here and here.

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2 responses to “From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: “My doctor said I was a high-risk asthmatic. What does that mean?”

  1. Monica Rozelle

    Please give examples of psychosocial disease.

    • Hi, Monica. I hate to answer this way, but you’re going to have to check in tomorrow for that answer (that’s tomorrow’s topic)! Thanks for your comment and for following Straight, No Chaser.