I just read a surprising article, it was titled "Having Asthma Could Double Your Risk of a Heart Attack." What??!! The article says:
One study found that those with asthma who require daily controller medication are 60 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event like a heart attack during a 10-year period. The other finding may be even more striking. Those with active asthma (meaning current asthma symptoms) or asthma medication use, and those who sought treatment for asthma within the previous year, are twice as likely to have a heart attack than those without active asthma.
So what does asthma have to do with your heart? How is that connected?
The article says:
The tie between them could be inflammation, or swelling. Both asthma and heart disease are associated with higher levels of inflammation. Inflammation is the immune system’s attempt to heal body tissues after an injury, infection, or other damage. Some inflammation is good, but chronic inflammation, which occurs in many conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, nasal allergies, atherosclerosis, and asthma, can do permanent damage.
I want to learn more about this! I have asthma, as do all three of my teenagers. And we all take controller medication. So we could be at risk for a heart attack down the road. It looks like the study was presented at American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. I don't see the study on the website yet, but I will be checking back to see if they post it.
This is one subject that I will definitely be following!