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 specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology and practices in Kansas City, MO. He has indicated that his clinical interests include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Howell attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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' medical specialty is critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. She is especially interested in emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Das accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for her residency. She is 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. Kristina Michelle Moreland, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kristina Moreland is an internist. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In her practice, she is particularly interested in hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and asthma. Dr. Moreland takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure), preventive care, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Bautz has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. 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 is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems, High Cholesterol, Internal Medicine, 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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