Donate to Asthma and COPD Research, Patient Care and Education
Nearly 20 million people in the United States are affected by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The specialists are Northwestern Medicine are committed to providing state-of-the-art care and to making treatment as manageable as possible for those living with asthma and/or COPD. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help Northwestern Medicine’s physicians and scientists to advance leading-edge research initiatives and to provide the very finest care to patients affected by asthma and/or COPD.
Asthma is the result of chronically blocked airways, making breathing difficult for those affected. These blocked airways can be the result of three different types of obstruction. Swelling, Bronchospasm and mucus can cause wheezing, shortness of breath and prolonged coughing. These blockages most often occur in children, those exposed to excessive air pollution, smokers as well as people with allergies and a family history of allergies.
Patients suffering from asthma can experience a myriad of different symptoms either triggered in response to exercise, chemicals or allergens and during specific situations. These triggers can induce symptoms that include:
- Difficulty talking and sleeping
- Coughing and wheezing
- Pain in the chest and shortness of breath
Research and clinical trials are continuously underway to determine the cause of asthma. Your generous contribution allows these to continue. There are a multitude of triggers that can induce asthma symptoms. These include colds and flues, exercise and smoking, as well as airborne allergens and extreme temperatures. If you experience difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, the specialists at Northwestern Medicine can diagnose your symptoms. There are a multitude of methods used by our team of specialists to diagnose asthma. These include spirometry, peak flow meters, imaging as well as methacholine tests and allergy testing.
Upon pinpointing the severity and a specific allergy diagnosis, your specialists can prescribe treatment. Most importantly, your physician will prescribe a series of lifestyle changes that include eliminating smoking, protecting lungs from extreme temperatures, treating allergies, keeping a dust and dander-free environment as well as controlling heartburn and GERD. Physicians may also prescribe a variety of medications that include corticosteroids, short term relief medications and inhalation devices that can all be part of the treatment process.
Asthma and COPD Research & Care Donation
With your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will accelerate front-line research that, one day, might produce a cure for asthma and COPD. Your generosity also will help to ensure that patients continue to receive the finest, most comprehensive care for their condition(s).