HealthDay News – Late-onset asthma may increase risk for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a study published online August 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Matthew Tattersall, DO, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and colleagues conducted the study involving 1269 adults (average age: 47), none of whom had CVD at the start. Late-onset asthma was diagnosed in 111 patients, and 55 more patients had been diagnosed with asthma as children. The health of all the patients was tracked for 14 years.

Researchers found that patients with late-onset asthma were 57% more likely than those with early-onset asthma and those without asthma to suffer myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure, angina, and CVD-related death.

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Based on the findings, “doctors should be monitoring for high blood pressure and cholesterol closely in these patients and be aggressive in modifying any risk factors,” Dr Tattersall said in a journal news release.


Tattersall MC, Barnet JH, Korcarz CE, Hagen EW, Peppard PE, Stein JH. Late-onset asthma predicts cardiovascular disease events: the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016. doi:10.1161/JAHA.116.003448.