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Asthma Care in Western Pennsylvania

Next time you blow up a beach ball, remember that Allegheny Health Network helps 1,800 kids with asthma every year, so they can breathe, run, and play.

Did you know:

  • Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma; one of the most common and costly diseases in the U.S.
  • More than 9% of children live with asthma. It is the number one chronic cause of being absent from school. Boys are more affected than girls.
  • African-Americans are 3 times more likely to have serious problems from asthma.
  • Pittsburgh ranks 27 among 100 U.S. cities where it is challenging to live with asthma, based on how prevalent asthma is, risk factors and medical factors.
  • Asthma is caused by inflammation or swelling of the airways.  Symptoms include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness.


AHN Study Connects Air Quality with Childhood Asthma

Deborah Gentile, MD, Director of Allergy and Asthma Clinical Research at AHN, has studied the prevalence, severity and risk factors of asthma among Pittsburgh’s children. Her study found that:

  • 40 percent of participating fifth-grade students in Pittsburgh schools already have or are at risk for developing asthma.
  • There is a connection between increased asthma in children and exposure to higher levels of outdoor air, implying that poor air quality is at least partially responsible.
  • “Despite the availability of … asthma specialists and excellent controller medications, asthma is underdiagnosed and undertreated in many local children.” — Dr. Deborah Gentile


Asthma Treatment at AHN

AHN offers comprehensive allergy and asthma services for all ages at Allegheny General Hospital, Saint Vincent HospitalWest Penn Hospital, and Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, we:

  • Screen school children for asthma risk
  • Implementing school based treatments
  • Conduct robust clinical research programs for asthma treatment options