We know that treating asthma will make you breathe easier, but managing your asthma will also make your heart happy. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that asthmatics with active asthma have a 70% higher risk of heart attack than individuals without asthma. Dr. Young Juhn, the lead researcher of the study, stressed the importance of properly controlling asthma to reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Inflammation could be the reason for the link between asthma and heart disease. Inflammation results with the immune system’s response to infection and injuries, and asthma and heart disease are associated with higher levels of inflammation. Periodic inflammation isn’t necessarily problematic, but chronic inflammation can lead to permanent bodily damage.
Managing your asthma is important for your heart health, but it’s also a good idea to look at other heart attack risk factors that you should address. Talk to your doctor about whether or not you have other heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol, and what you can do to manage these conditions.