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

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

Dr. Gregory Howell practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in Kansas City, MO. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Howell include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program 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. Monisha Das, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Monisha Das is a physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Das's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Das honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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

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

Dr. Kristina Moreland's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Moreland include hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and asthma. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Moreland attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moreland takes.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bautz include hypertension (high blood pressure), preventive care, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. 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. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bautz accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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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