Content updated 8/1/17
Asthma is a medical condition caused by an inflammation of the airways that restricts airflow to the lungs. It can be triggered by environmental pollutants (smoking, dust, pet dander, car exhaust). Asthma is a serious chronic health condition which affects both children and adults. Children can miss school and adults be absent from employment, which leads to educational and economic consequences.
Emergency department visits for asthma may be possible indicators of inadequate healthcare coverage, lack of non-emergency appointment times, poor housing conditions or lack of an adequate asthma preventive plan. In 2015, the rate of emergency department visits in Polk County was equal to 398.8 per 100,000 people, which was higher than the State rate.