Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi brings together a diverse team of specialists – including pulmonologists, allergists, ENT physicians and intensivists – to offer comprehensive care for patients to help them manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways making it more difficult to breathe. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. This inflammation can have a variety of triggers, including allergies and viral infections.
The most effective treatments for patients vary, depending on the type of asthma they have, as well as the severity.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s asthma treatment aims to:
- Reduce the intensity and frequency of asthma symptoms and the degree to which the patient is affected by these symptoms
- Reduce the risk of complications caused by asthma
Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosing asthma can be a straightforward diagnosis based on a history of asthma symptoms as well as simple breathing tests. Sometimes, more complex breathing tests or exercise tests are needed. All these tests are available at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Most patients can be treated with inhalers and tablets to ease and prevent symptoms.
Some patients may also benefit from “immunotherapy” to desensitize the body to the allergens that can trigger inflammation of the airways. Others may benefit from “biological” therapy, which controls the body’s overactive immune responses, reducing swelling in the airway making it easier to breathe.
For patients with more severe symptoms, there is a simple camera procedure called bronchial thermoplasty that can help reduce the symptoms and bring the asthma back under control.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers a range of treatments to manage asthma:
- Establishing the diagnosis and type of asthma, as well as associated conditions
- Routine monitoring of symptoms and lung function
- Ongoing patient education
- Controlling environmental factors (trigger factors)
- Pharmacologic therapy
- Bronchoscopic procedures
The multidisciplinary team ensures that patients at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi receive the highest quality and most comprehensive care possible. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
- ENT surgeons
- Respiratory therapists
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