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Third of asthmatics at risk of fatal attack

2nd May 2012

New data published by charity Asthma UK has suggested that one third of asthmatics are at "high risk" of having a fatal asthma attack.


According to the results of the charity's survey, 36% of asthmatics had a high danger of experiencing a fatal attack even though many did not know about the potential risks. 

The survey, which was published on Tuesday 1 May, is an online tool which has been filled in by 24, 947 people with the condition since it launched two months ago.

The Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks Test - which is aimed to help people with the condition find out their risk of attack and what they can do to lessen their risk - showed that many people with asthma underestimated their danger of having an attack.

Although 55% of people who completed the survey did not believe they were at "increased risk" of an attack, the results showed 93% were at "increased or highly increased risk".

Asthma UK got in touch with people who completed the survey six weeks after they completed it and more than half said it had made them "think more seriously" about their condition.

Neil Churchill, chief executive of Asthma UK, said: "It’s extremely worrying that many people with asthma do not realise their own risk of ending up in hospital."

"As up to 75% of emergency hospital admissions are preventable with better management and support, it’s vitally important people understand their asthma and crucial that they are supported by healthcare professionals who can help them to reduce their risk." 

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Article Information

Title: Third of asthmatics at risk of fatal attack
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 21795
Date Added: 2nd May 2012



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