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Today, 23 million people in the United States have asthma—and each year, more than half of them have at least one asthma attack.

If you are a member of the media who covers health/medical issues, you already may know these statistics. What you may not know is that asthma attacks, hospitalizations, missed school and work days, and other complications from asthma are almost entirely preventable. With their health care provider’s guidance, most people can control their asthma by following basic asthma self-management strategies. The key to success is making sure that the asthma care that patients receive is consistent with evidence-based recommendations of the Expert Panel Report 3—Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3) and the six priority messages from the EPR-3 highlighted in the companion Guidelines Implementation Panel (GIP) Report

That’s why we’re glad you’ve come to the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI). The NACI can give you a better understanding of effective asthma care and control; what the NACI in Action is doing to bring together the entire community—patients, health care providers, schools, worksites, community-based organizations, health systems, and onwards—to help people with asthma live longer, fuller lives; and more that you can share with your listeners, readers, and viewers.  Follow these links for details:

NACI In the Know eNewsletters and eAlerts

NACI Press Releases


World Asthma Day and Asthma Awarness Month

If you are a member of the media seeking interviews with spokespeople—national or local—additional information, or pre-recorded sound bites and b-roll, contact the NHLBI Communications Office by telephone at (301) 496-4236 or by e-mail at

Last Updated February 2011