Adult development of asthma has been linked to pose risks to the heart. The latest findings looked at nearly 1,300 adults who did not have heart disease at the beginning of the study.
Of the participants, 111 were diagnosed with asthma as adults and 55 were diagnosed with asthma as kids. The participants were tracked for 14 years.
The researchers found among those who were diagnosed with asthma as adults they had a 57 percent higher risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure, angina, or heart-related death compared to those who did not develop asthma or those who were diagnosed as children.
It’s important to note that the study was observational and so it does not reveal cause and effect. A possible explanation is that air pollution is linked with atherosclerosis which has been revealed in previous studies.
A take-away from the study is that persons with asthma should do what they can to reduce their risk of heart conditions including eating well, exercising, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.