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As a nation, 75% of our health care dollars goes to treatment of long-term health conditions (chronic diseases). These persistent conditions — the nation’s leading causes of death and disability — leave in their wake deaths that could have been prevented, lifelong disability, compromised quality of life, and burgeoning health care costs.
The Summit County Health Department has information and resources for a variety of these important health conditions.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs and can affect people of all ages, but usually starts in childhood. During an asthma episode the inside air ways of your lungs become sore and swollen causing chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.
When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin very well. Less glucose gets into the cells and instead builds up in the blood.
The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
Blood pressure is the force of blood on the walls of your blood vessels as blood flows through them. When your blood pressure is high, it can damage your health in many ways.