Pittsburgh Steelers' Jerome Bettis Teams Up with the American Lung Association to Help Patients Know Their Asthma Score; Bettis Takes to the Field in National Asthma Education Tour of Major U.S. Cities.NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers
As part of the Know Your Asthma Score & Expect More national education campaign, Bettis will join the American Lung Association in announcing its support of an objective, asthma assessment tool, the Asthma Control Test(TM) (ACT). The five questions included in the ACT are based on measures of asthma control established by the National Institutes of Health and can help people with asthma and their doctors assess the patient's level of symptom control.
Bettis will also take part in a national tour of major U.S. cities throughout 2005 to raise awareness of the ACT and the need for improved asthma control.
Asthma is a chronic condition affecting approximately 20 million Americans. If left uncontrolled, it can lead to a range of consequences, including frequent symptoms, missed work, urgent care visits, hospitalization and even life-threatening asthma attacks.
"I've experienced first-hand the consequences of uncontrolled asthma, my chest felt as though it was being squeezed and I couldn't breathe," said Jerome Bettis Jerome Abram Bettis, nicknamed "The Bus" (born February 16, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former American football halfback for the NFL's Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. , fifth all-time leading rusher in the National Football League (NFL NFL
National Football League
NFL (US) n abbr (= National Football League) → Fußball-Nationalliga ). "The ACT is an easy way to gauge how often asthma symptoms interfere with your life. Controlling symptoms allows you to stay active and do more of the things you want to do, which for me is playing football. I urge everyone with asthma to take the ACT as a part of their asthma game plan."
KNOW YOUR ASTHMA SCORE AND EXPECT MORE
Answers to the ACT provide asthma patients a score that may help them and their doctor determine if their current treatment plan is working. The total ACT score is based on a range of 5 to 25. A score of 19 or less may be an indication that asthma symptoms are not under control. If a patient scores 19 or less, they should make an appointment with their doctor to discuss their ACT results and ensure they are properly controlling airway constriction constriction /con·stric·tion/ (kon-strik´shun)
1. a narrowing or compression of a part; a stricture.constric´tive
2. a diminution in range of thinking or feeling, associated with diminished spontaneity. and inflammation, the two main causes of asthma symptoms. Even if patients score a 20 or more they should talk with their doctor about their results to help improve their asthma dialogue.
The American Lung Association supports the ACT and recommends everyone 12 and older with asthma take it no matter how well controlled they think their asthma is. Asthma is a chronic lung disease lung disease Pulmonary disease Pulmonology Any condition causing or indicating impaired lung function Types of LD Obstructive lung disease–↓ in air flow caused by a narrowing or blockage of airways–eg, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis; where both inflammation and bronchoconstriction cause the airways to narrow, leading to symptoms that include coughing, wheezing Wheezing Definition
Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound associated with labored breathing.
Wheezing occurs when a child or adult tries to breathe deeply through air passages that are narrowed or filled with mucus as a , shortness of breath and chest tightness. Though there is no cure, asthma can be a highly controllable disease when patients take the appropriate steps toward symptom prevention and daily long-term management.
"I see many patients with asthma who don't realize that daily use of a rescue inhaler or experiencing frequent symptoms is not normal and means that their asthma is not being controlled properly," said Dr. Norman H. Edelman, Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association and vice president for Health Sciences at State University of New York (body) State University of New York - (SUNY) The public university system of New York State, USA, with campuses throughout the state. at Stonybrook. "People's lives don't need to be so impacted by their asthma -- it's important for patients to take the ACT and talk to their doctor about the level of symptoms they are experiencing."
A free copy of the ACT is available by calling toll free 1-800-990-4100 or visiting online at http://www.asthmacontrol.com/.
ALL-PRO RUNNING BACK GETS ASTHMA UNDER CONTROL
Jerome was diagnosed with asthma at age 14 after passing out and being rushed to the hospital during his high school football practice in Detroit. Rather than discontinuing his play, his mother encouraged him to keep playing and follow his doctor's orders to keep symptoms under control. He has since gone on to become one of the most talented and respected players in the NFL. Despite having been symptom-free for years, Jerome suffered a major asthma attack in 1997 during a nationally televised game. Jerome has faced his asthma head-on, and worked with his doctors to map out a game plan to help him control his asthma on and off the field. Since becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler, Jerome has played in five Pro-Bowls, including this year's February 2005 match-up.
ABOUT THE ASTHMA CONTROL TEST
The ACT is a five-item questionnaire, which gives physicians and patients a simple yet highly predictive tool they can use to help assess asthma control. In the validation study, the ACT was administered to more than 471 asthma patients during routine office visits with asthma specialists. After completing the questionnaire, patients took a lung function test (spirometry Spirometry
The measurement, by a form of gas meter, of volumes of gas that can be moved in or out of the lungs. The classical spirometer is a hollow cylinder (bell) closed at its top. ) to measure pre-bronchodilator FEV FEV forced expiratory volume.
forced expiratory volume
forced expiratory volume. 1 (forced expiratory ex·pi·ra·to·ry
Of, relating to, or involving the expiration of air from the lungs.
relating to or employed in the expiration of air from the lungs. volume in one second), and asthma specialists -- who were blinded to patients' ACT results - examined the patients. Specialists then offered a global assessment of patients' asthma control, assigning a rating using a five-point scale. Each patient's ACT results were then compared with their spirometry results and the specialist's global assessment, which was categorized as either "controlled" or "not controlled." The ACT correctly classified a patient's level of asthma control in three out of four cases (76.5 percent).
ABOUT THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
For 100 years, the American Lung Association has been the lead organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is "Improving life, one breath at a time." For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to http://www.lungusa.org/.
The American Lung Association and GlaxoSmithKline are working together on the Know Your Asthma Score & Expect More campaign to promote asthma awareness.
GlaxoSmithKline is a research-based pharmaceutical company and a world leader in respiratory care.
Web sites: http://www.lungusa.org http://www.asthmacontrol.com
CONTACT: Kathryn Ritzinger of Cohn & Wolfe, +1-212-798-9829, for American Lung Association