House unanimously adopts Matzie’s ‘World Asthma Day’ resolution

HARRISBURG, April 30 – Increasing awareness and support for the more than 1 million Pennsylvanians living with asthma is the goal of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the author, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny.

Matzie said he introduced H.R. 256 – recognizing May 7, 2019, as “World Asthma Day” in Pennsylvania – both to raise awareness on behalf of those living with asthma and to encourage others to help them in controlling their symptoms.

“In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 1 million adults and nearly 400,000 children suffer from asthma,” Matzie said. “As they work to manage their conditions, there’s a lot the rest of us can do to help – particularly because asthma attacks are frequently provoked by environmental triggers. By taking the time to learn the warning signs and the factors that can cause an attack, friends, family members and co-workers can all play a meaningful role in supporting those with asthma.”

Matzie noted that an asthma attack happens when the sides of the airways in the lungs swell, causing the airways to shrink and restricting the amount of air that can get in and out of the lungs. The problem is compounded when mucus clogs the airways even further. Attacks may result in coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Matzie’s resolution parallels “World Asthma Day,” an international event that encourages people to focus on daily asthma management and to identify allergens and irritants that can lead to and worsen attacks.

The CDC estimates that there are approximately 19 million adults and 6.2 million youth in the United States with asthma.