Asthma increases women’s heart disease risk

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A history of asthma was independently associated with a 24% increase in the risk of new-onset heart disease (meaning strokes and heart attacks) among postmenopausal women.

The Women’s Health Initiative study including 90,168 women between ages 50 – 79 showed an increased risk of heart disease in asthmatics.  It is postulated that the chronic inflammatory state that occurs in asthma may also accelerate the atherosclerotic process of the heart.

So, if you are a patient with risk factors for heart disease like obesity, hypercholesterolemia,  altered waist-hip ratio, diabetes AND asthma… you may benefit from statin therapy.

Keep this in mind.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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