History of Asthma Linked to Heart Failure Risk
People with a history of asthma are at increased risk for developing a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy, which can lead to heart failure, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Tulane University Obesity Research Center in New Orleans and published in JACC – Heart Failure. Earlier studies have suggested a link between asthma and other conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
For the study, researchers followed 1,118 adults for 10 years as part of the Bogalusa Heart Study. The participants completed detailed questionnaires about their asthma history and had two to four echocardiograms over time to assess left ventricle size and mass. Compared to adults with no history of asthma, those with asthma had larger left ventricles.
The study results suggest that people with a history of asthma may benefit from lifestyle modifications and aggressive treatment for heart failure risk factors like high blood pressure.