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Learning about Asthma

Asthma is the second disease studied by SmartHealth.The general public knows very little about this condition, and its symptoms are often mistaken for fairly trivial complaints such as the common cough. We are about to focus on how the Connected House for Healthcare can help to improve the daily life of patients.

from January 21, 2019 to January 27, 2019

Lower levels of moisture in the air, combined with rapidly increasing pollution and fine particles in the air from everyday objects such as cars, power generators, fireplaces, industries, etc. are a few of the harmful factors which directly impact the proper functioning of our respiratory system. Therefore this week we are writing about a pathological condition which affects 6% of French population and which, despite the extensive scientific knowledge on the subject, is unfortunately taken into consideration too late.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with paroxysmal symptoms (coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, etc.) Thus, this pathology is defined using  these unusual clinical symptoms but also by using threshold data found with 2 advanced tests:

- The first one concerns the maximum volume of air expired per second. We compare it with the vital capacity.

- The second one is simply based on an observation after giving a bronchodilator drug and the quantification of positive results. The study concerns the peak expiratory flow (PEF), which is the person’s maximum speed of expiration.

However all these tests are not entirely reliable and many doctors asked patients to take a pulmonary function test with a pulmonologist.

Therefore SmartHealth is able to help on the detection of early symptoms by analysing external factors such as air quality in the house or humidity. Moreover each patient’s personal feelings concerning his or her specific symptoms are very important, so keeping a daily record of these feelings is the best way to diagnose the disease and to track its evolution.

Published on February 1, 2019 Updated on February 5, 2019