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

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

Dr. Monisha Das specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Das include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Das trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is professionally affiliated with 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: Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema

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

Dr. Gregory Howell is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). In his practice, he is particularly interested in emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Howell is professionally 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 specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Moreland include hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and asthma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Moreland attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Bautz obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has a special interest in hypertension (high blood pressure), preventive care, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. 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.
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