Late-onset asthma connected to heart disease, stroke
Adults who are diagnosed with asthma may have more of a chance of developing stroke and heart disease. With this in mind, doctors are recommended to closely manage patients who have late-onset asthma to monitor their health.
The scientists monitored 1,269 adults, with an average age of 47, who had not shown any cardiovascular disease for 14 years. The average age that people receive their late-onset asthma diagnosis is 39.5 years old; early-onset asthma patients are diagnosed at 8.9 years old, on average.
There were 166 asthma patients involved in the study; 111 of them were late-onset and 55 were early-onset. Throughout the study, researchers measured their cardiovascular events (stroke, heart attack, angina, heart failure, cardiovascular death and cardiac revascularization).
“Though it’s usually not recognized as such, there are several different types of asthma, each with some unique features,” Dr. Matthew Tattersall, study lead author and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said. “We looked at the type known as late-onset asthma, which tends to be more severe and more difficult to control with medicines than asthma that begins in childhood.”