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Adults with Current Asthma

This indicator shows the percentage of adults who have been told by a health care provider that they currently have asthma.

Adults with Current Asthma

8.6
10.4
Comparison: FL Counties 

6.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: Miami-Dade

Categories: Health / Respiratory Diseases, Health / Environmental & Occupational Health
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 67 Florida counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
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Why is this important?

Asthma is a condition where 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.

Adults with Current Asthma : Time Series

2002: 4.1 2007: 4.6 2010: 6.3

percent

Adults with Asthma by Age

18-44: 7.3 45-64: 3.3 65+: 10.7 Overall: 6.3

percent

Adults with Asthma by Gender

Female: 6.8 Male: 5.7 Overall: 6.3

percent

Adults with Asthma by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 6.4 Hispanic: 7.7 White: 4.9 Overall: 6.3

percent

Adults with Current Asthma

Comparison: Prior Value 

6.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: Miami-Dade

Categories: Health / Respiratory Diseases, Health / Environmental & Occupational Health
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

Asthma is a condition where 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.

Adults with Current Asthma : Time Series

2002: 4.1 2007: 4.6 2010: 6.3

percent

Adults with Asthma by Age

18-44: 7.3 45-64: 3.3 65+: 10.7 Overall: 6.3

percent

Adults with Asthma by Gender

Female: 6.8 Male: 5.7 Overall: 6.3

percent

Adults with Asthma by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 6.4 Hispanic: 7.7 White: 4.9 Overall: 6.3

percent