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Asthma - current asthma, adult

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Current asthma - adult by county, 2018-2020

Why Is This Important?

Asthma is a condition wherein a person's air passages become inflamed, and the narrowing of the respiratory passages makes it difficult to breathe. Symptoms can include tightness in the chest, coughing, and wheezing. These symptoms are often brought on by exposure to inhaled allergens (like dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, pollution, and animal dander) or by exertion and stress. There is no cure for asthma, but for most people, the symptoms can be managed through a combination of long-term medication prevention strategies and short-term quick relievers. In some cases, however, asthma symptoms are severe enough to warrant hospitalization, and can result in death. In 2009, the CDC estimated that 17.5 million noninstitutionalized adults had been diagnosed with asthma nationwide.

Definition

The proportion of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they had asthma and still have asthma now, based on a series of questions.

Data Source

'''Citation''': Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, ''[Chart Title, years]''. [URL.] Published [update date]. Accessed [query date].

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they had asthma and still have asthma now.
Denominator:Number of adults for whom asthma status can be determined (excludes unknowns and refusals).
Indicator Data Last Updated On 06/29/2022, Published on 07/31/2022