The Catch Your Breath! Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Asthma Fair is a free community event featuring presentations from two leading asthma professionals, as well as a Q&A panel discussion which will include Tabitha Rubash, M.D., Lurie Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hospitalist.
This event will be held in recognition of Respiratory Care Week, Friday, October 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in NCH’s hospital campus auditorium, 800 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights.
Newton Li, M.D., an NCH Medical Group Allergist-Immunologist, will discuss allergies and triggers of asthma, and review strategies to protect you and your loved ones from asthma triggers in your home, vehicle and workplace.
“Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway condition that could have both allergic and non-allergic triggers,” says Dr. Li. “Empowerment in controlling this disease comes with learning about triggers and understanding treatment options.”
Dr. Li explains that we have reached a new frontier of being able to treat even the worst asthmatics with medications, allowing them to live a better quality of life. Symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing and prolonged cough can be manifestations of asthma, he says.
“For someone who has been diagnosed with asthma, it is most important to maintain a relationship with an asthma specialist: an allergist-immunologist or pulmonologist,” says Dr. Li. “This specialist will make sure that medications are adjusted appropriately, tailoring therapies and protecting you from side effects.”
Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist Marilyn Borkgren, R.N., M.S., CCNS, APN, from Suburban Lung Associates, will discuss the pulmonary components of asthma, including expiratory peak flows, spirometry results, treatment strategies, rescue procedures and helpful resources.
“The goal of this event is to raise our community’s awareness of respiratory pathophysiology and the effects that our personal environments have on our respiratory system,” says Joshua Wilson, NCH Respiratory Care Clinical Educator. “We want asthmatics to live longer and healthier lives by learning how to avoid and control certain exposures.”
This event is for anyone who is dealing with asthma or has a loved one suffering from asthma or allergies. “It is our hope that together we can avoid an asthma exacerbation, attack or the stress of going to the emergency room,” says Wilson.
Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call HealthConnection at 847-618-4968 or register online.