Asthma -- What Every Brooklynite Needs to Know

Asthma -- What Every Brooklynite Needs to Know

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Meet the Asthma Specialists
at The Brooklyn Hospital Center:


Peter Smith, MD
Division Chief
Pulmonary Medicine


Farhad Arjomand, MD
Louis Gerolemou, DO
Ramesh Gulrajani, MD
Fairouz Hasselmark, MD
Joshua Rosenberg, MD
Viswanath Vasudevan, MD


The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Maynard Building
240 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: 718.250.6950
F: 718.250.6110
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Family Medicine Center
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11201
p. 718.250.8621

Manhattan Avenue Health Center
960 Manhattan Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11222
P. 718.349.8500

61st Street Family Health Center/WIC Center
771 61st Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Family Health Center:
P. 718.851.2323
WIC Center:
P. 718.745.3259

La Providencia Family Medicine Center
1280 DeKalb Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11221
P. 718.455.9000

Williamsburg Family Health Center
99 Division Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11211
P. 718.599.6200



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Asthma is a chronic illness and a major health issue affecting almost 10% of adults in Northwest Brooklyn. There is no cure for asthma, but most people can live normally with proper self-management and medical treatment.

Asthma symptoms may be brought on by triggers such as:  
- Animals (pet hair or dander)    
- Dust mites
- Certain medicines (aspirin and other NSAIDS)             
- Changes in weather (most often cold weather)
- Chemicals in the air or in food                              
- Exercise
- Mold and/or Pollen
- Respiratory infections, such as the common cold        
- Strong emotions (stress)
- Tobacco smoke

Asthma can be life threatening, so be aware of the symptoms:
- Cough with or without sputum (phlegm) production
- Pulling in of the skin between the ribs when breathing
- Shortness of breath that gets worse with exercise or activity
- Wheezing and/or abnormal breathing pattern
- Chest pain and/or tightness in chest

Tests to help determine if you have Asthma:
- A physician will use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs
- Allergy testing - skin or a blood test to see if a person with asthma is allergic to certain substances
- Arterial blood gas (usually only done with patients who are having a severe asthma attack)
- Chest x-ray
- Lung function tests, including peak flow measurements

Asthma can be dangerous even deadly, so act to manage your asthma
The complications of asthma can be severe, including decreased ability to exercise, trouble sleeping, persistent coughing, necessitating assistance from a ventilator, and even death. If you have Asthma, make sure you have a physician and are managing your illness.

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