How Does Asthma Affect Heart Health?

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February is American Heart Month! In addition to raising money for research and raising awareness for heart-related conditions, this month is a time to learn. 

Do you have asthma? You might not know that your chronic asthma can have effects on your cardiovascular health. Let’s explore some of the ways (and reasons)  asthma can impact your heart.

Adult Asthma May Lead to Higher Risk of Heart Disease

For individuals who develop asthma as adults, a higher risk of heart disease may follow.

According to a study from the Journal of the American Heart Association, individuals with adult-onset asthma (usually caused by pollution) were 57% more likely to experience a heart-related issue than those without asthma.

Individuals who developed asthma as children had similar instances of heart-related events as those without asthma. 

Other studies have shown the link between asthma and heart issues exists, regardless of habits like smoking or genetic risks. Why does this link exist? Many researchers speculate that increased inflammation (a symptom of both heart disease and asthma) could be to blame. 

Asthma Sufferers Who Require Daily Controller Medication Have Higher Risk of Heart-Related Events

According to another study, active asthma sufferers are 60 percent more likely to suffer a cardiac event than those who don’t experience active asthma attacks. “Active asthma” was defined as asthma that needs daily controller medications. These findings were the result of a six-year-long study that followed thousands of individuals. 

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who conducted the study, say that controlling asthma symptoms is a vital part of maintaining optimal heart health.

Control Your Asthma, Improve Your Heart Health

Controlling your asthma means so much more than feeling and breathing better. It could also mean a smaller chance of heart-related issues.

Allergy & Asthma Center in San Jose, California can help you choose a care plan that will drastically improve your symptoms and your life.

We work with you to narrow down your list of asthma triggers and develop a treatment plan that will empower you to live well and feel better.

Contact us today to learn more about our asthma treatment program.

How Does Winter Affect Asthma Sufferers?

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January is the coldest month of the year, and that can mean bad news for asthma sufferers. As the cold, dry air takes hold, it’s important to know how your asthma can be affected.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways winter can impact your asthma.

Cold Air Can Trigger Asthma Attacks

If you have asthma, you’re probably familiar with your attack triggers. One of the most common triggers is cold, dry air, which is more common during wintertime.

For this reason, many asthma sufferers experience more attacks during the winter season.  

It’s important to dress smartly before going outside–especially when it’s extra cold. Invest in a warm scarf that will cover your mouth. Also, try your best to breathe through your nose when you’re outside. Your nasal passages warm the air more efficiently than your mouth does.

Colds and the Flu Are More Common During Winter

For different reasons, influenza and the common cold are more common when the temperature drops.

As we’ve stated before, the flu becomes more stable in cold temperatures, making it easier to spread from person-to-person. The common cold is more common in winter because people tend to spend more time inside, where cold germs are abundant.

Both the flu and the common cold can trigger asthma attacks or make asthma symptoms worse.

So how can you avoid cold or flu germs during winter?

Constant hand washing can help eliminate cold and flu germs before you catch them. Flu shots will also decrease your chances of catching the flu virus.

Additionally, you should always use hand sanitizers that are at least 60% alcohol.

Change Your Air Filters

During the winter, we naturally spend more time indoors. This extra time inside exposes us to more allergens in the home, including pet dander, dust, and mold.

For asthma sufferers, these allergens can irritate symptoms and even trigger asthma attacks.

To fight the amount of allergens in your home this winter, you should invest in air filters that have a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) of at least 11-13. This will ensure that your filters catch the dangerous allergens–like mold and pet dander–that are most likely to irritate your asthma.

You should aim to change out your air filters at least every 6 weeks to 2 months. If you purchase higher quality filters, you may be able to extend that time frame.

Are you having trouble with your asthma symptoms this winter? It may be time to seek treatment with a specialist.

Allergy & Asthma Center offers specialized asthma treatment programs that meet individual needs.

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment. 

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