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We offer free breathing tests to diagnose asthma.

Your visit will include a  focused physical examinations and treatment options offering advanced medications for the treatment of asthma.

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More than 26 million people across the US are affected by asthma, many of whom may not be aware if the symptoms are not severe.

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  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing while exhaling
  • Coughing at night
  • Coughing or throat tickling while exercising or laughing

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit for an evaluation and create an asthma action plan.

Vitalink Research hosts clinical trials across the Southeast to discover new ways to detect, prevent, and treat diseases.

Participants in trials receive the newest treatments and targeted attention from physicians and staff to not only improve their health, but help others and the medical community at large in the mission to discover new cures and solutions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Asthma

How Can You Tell if You Have Asthma?
It can be hard to tell if someone has asthma, especially in children under age 5. Having a doctor check how well your lungs work and check for allergies can help you find out if you have asthma.

he doctor may also do a breathing test, called spirometry, to find out how well your lungs are working by testing how much air you can breathe out after taking a very deep breath before and after you use asthma medicine.

What Is an Asthma Attack?
An asthma attack may include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and trouble breathing. The attack happens in your body’s airways, which are the paths that carry air to your lungs. As the air moves through your lungs, the airways become smaller, like the branches of a tree are smaller than the tree trunk. During an asthma attack, the sides of the airways in your lungs swell and the airways shrink. Less air gets in and out of your lungs, and mucous that your body makes clogs up the airways.
How Is Asthma Treated?
You can breathe in some medicines and take other medicines as a pill. Asthma medicines come in two types—quick-relief and long-term control. Quick-relief medicines control the symptoms of an asthma attack. If you need to use your quick-relief medicines more and more, visit your doctor to see if you need a different medicine. Long-term control medicines help you have fewer and milder attacks, but they don’t help you while you are having an asthma attack.

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About Clinical Trials

My Participation And Safety

Why should I participate?
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
How is my safety protected?
The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials. In addition, most clinical research is federally regulated with built in safeguards to protect the participants. The trial follows a carefully controlled protocol, a study plan which details what researchers will do in the study.

Financial Questions

Do I have to pay to be in a clinical trial?
Patients generally do not have to pay extra out-of-pocket costs for treatments studied as part of a trial. Every trial is different, but the clinical trial’s sponsor usually pays for all research-related costs.
Will my insurance be affected?
Your insurance will not be billed for the clinical trial.
Will I receive payment for being in a clinical trial?
Clinical trials may include a compensation for your time. The amount will vary from trial to trial.
Can I still keep seeing my primary care physician?
Yes, you are encouraged to continue seeing your PCP. We will notify your PCP of your participation in the trial. In addition, by having the health care provider work with the research team, the participant can ensure that other medications or treatments will not conflict with the protocol.

General Trial Questions

What is a placebo?
Placebos are harmless, inactive substances made to look like the real medicine used in the clinical trial. Placebos allow the investigators to learn whether the medicine being given works better or no better than ordinary treatment. In many studies, there are successive time periods, with either the placebo or the real medicine. I
What is informed consent?
Informed consent is a process that helps you learn about the research study. After learning about the study, you will be able to ask the researcher or his/her staff questions. You should only agree to take part after you clearly understand the study and feel comfortable. You should take time to talk over your decision with your doctors, family, and friends. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to sign an "informed consent form." The informed consent process goes on even after you are taking part in the study. If researchers learn new information after you begin the study, they must share this with you.
Who sponsors clinical trials?
Clinical trials are sponsored or funded by a variety of organizations or individuals such as physicians, medical institutions, foundations, voluntary groups, and pharmaceutical companies.

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