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Employer News | April 24, 2012
Employer News | April 24, 2012

Incidence of Asthma in Upstate New York is Higher than NY State Average

One in 9 adults in upstate New York has asthma, which is a rate higher than the New York state average, according to a new report by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The recent report reveals that 431,000 adults in upstate NY have asthma. The upstate New York asthma rate for adults ages 18-64 is higher at 11.6 percent, compared to 9.7 percent statewide.

Asthma is a chronic condition that can be managed properly to avoid crippling health problems, hospitalizations and even death. On average, there were about 250 asthma-related deaths in New York state each year between 2005 and 2007.

"It’s important that people with asthma work with their health care provider to develop a plan for managing their condition," said Dr. Martin Lustick, senior vice president and corporate medical director, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. "By taking the right medication, avoiding triggers and being able to recognize the symptoms and know what to do in the event of a sudden attack, asthma patients can live a normal life and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room."

The Excellus BCBS report, "The Facts About Adult Asthma in Upstate New York," details which adults in upstate New York have a greater chance of having asthma: women, blacks, 18- to 24-year-olds and adults making less than $15,000 annually.

For more details, read our fact sheet.


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