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We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Monisha Das, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Monisha Das works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Her areas of expertise include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Das is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema, Asthma

Dr. Gregory Howard Howell, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Howell, who practices in Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise consist of emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Howell's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Tumor, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristina Michelle Moreland, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kristina Moreland is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moreland include hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and asthma. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Preventive Care, High Cholesterol, Asthma

Dr. James B Bautz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James Bautz is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: hypertension (high blood pressure), preventive care, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Bautz's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bautz takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Bautz attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems, High Cholesterol, General Care, Asthma

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.