Dr. Jay Hendler, Pulmonologist at CaroMont Health, Weighs In
Summer is a great time to be outdoors. But scorching temperatures, along
with poor air quality, are dangerous combinations this time of year, especially
for people with breathing problems. If you’ve watched the news lately,
there have been warnings about “ozone-advisory” or “code
orange” denoting potentially dangerous air quality conditions. Ozone,
a molecule created by chemical reactions between pollutants in the area
and organic compounds in the atmosphere, can be dangerous to your health,
especially at high concentrations. The summer months tend to be the times
when concentrations are highest due to the increase in temperatures and sunlight.
“People with respiratory conditions are more sensitive to the effects
of ozone and other pulmonary irritants,” said Jay Hendler, MD, Director
of Pulmonary Medicine at CaroMont Health and physician at CaroMont Pulmonary
Medicine. “These atmospheric conditions can trigger asthma-like
symptoms ranging from mild to severe depending on the person. In some
cases, symptoms can even lead to hospitalization, which is why it’s
important to know your triggers and learn how to avoid them.”
In general, children may be more affected by ozone levels because they
typically spend more time outdoors, have faster breathing rates and have
lungs that are still developing. Kids with asthma are even more at risk
for developing triggers. Active adults of all ages who exercise or work
outdoors are considered among the more “sensitive” groups
because they are exposed to ozone on a regular basis.
Dr. Hendler sees a range of respiratory conditions. Asthma is a prevalent
condition among adults and children, especially during this time of year
when ozone levels are more dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease
Control, one in 14 people have asthma resulting in more than 14 million
doctor visits and 439,000 hospital stays each year in the United States.
On days—or, weeks in some cases—when air quality is low, Dr.
Hendler suggests following these simple, effective tips for protecting
you and your family from the potential danger lurking outside:
- Monitor air quality alerts in your local area by watching the news or consulting
- When air quality is poor, try to limit time outside or plan your schedule
so you’re outdoors in the early morning or late evening when the
risks are lower.
- Improve your air quality at home by running air conditioning.
- Change up your activity. Instead of walking outside, maybe walk inside
the mall, visit a museum or plan a trip to the movies.
- Limit outdoor sports if at all possible. Talk to your children’s
coach to see if practice can be moved inside the gym.
- If you have asthma, keep taking your medications and have your rescue bronchodilator
on hand. Talk to your doctor about increasing your medicines during high
alert periods if you are having more difficulty.
“Everyone should heed ozone warnings to stay healthy,” said
Hendler. “For asthma sufferers, however, the better informed you
are about your condition, the better control you will have over your asthma
symptoms and overall quality of life.”
About Jay Hendler, MD
CaroMont Health welcomed Dr. Hendler to the medical team in June 2016.
Dr. Hendler received his medical degree from New York University of Medicine
in New York City, NY, and completed his Internship/Rresidency at Jacobi
Medical Center/Bronx Municipal Medical Center and Fellowships at Montefiore
Medical Center, both located in NY.
Dr. Hendler is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in
Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine. His specialties
include: asthma, COPD, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial
lung disease and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Dr. Hendler believes to patients one must “deliver personal, compassionate
care with cutting-edge treatments and improve the quality of life.”
Outside of the office, he enjoys golf, astronomy and playing keyboard
in his rock band.
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