Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes difficulty breathing as swelling and bronchoconstriction causes the airways to narrow. Symptoms include: 

  • Intermittent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty exercising

Our asthma specialists help people take charge of their health and lead a normal life.

A Very Treatable Disease

Uncontrolled asthma may adversely affect an individual’s quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team provides the best patient care through knowledge and utilization of the most up-to-date diagnostic tools and treatments, including ongoing clinical research. We partner with you to identify and remediate triggers by monitoring and responding to changes in symptoms and lung function. Your doctor will ask questions to understand your symptoms and their causes, working together with you, your primary care doctor and expert allergists as part of a team. You may also require a lung function test, such as spirometry or breathing tests, and a physical examination for diagnosis. 

As part of the only academic health network in eastern Wisconsin we offer the very latest in treatment options. This includes bronchial thermoplasty a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that helps patients suffering from asthma that is severe or difficult to control. The treatment works by opening airways, and using gentle heat to shrink the smooth muscles in the patient’s lungs. By shrinking these muscles, the airways constrict less, making breathing easier.

Though there is no known cure for asthma, the good news is that asthma is controllable. We take a partnership approach with you and your primary care provider so that you can alleviate your symptoms and improve your ability to take part in all of life’s activities.

Structured Approach

Our specialists work together to combine medical therapy with patient self-management and education to ensure your success. We spend a great deal of time working to understand the extent of your asthma and overall health status and help you prepare to take an active role in managing your condition through a home action plan. We provide instruction on:

  • Adjusting and using medication
  • Controlling triggers
  • Identifying and reacting to warning signs before an exacerbation occurs
  • Monitoring your breathing
  • Overcoming new problems and facing ongoing challenges
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