ASTHMA Underdiagnosed and Undertreated
APRIL 01, 2002
According to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, asthma is one of the most underdiag-nosed and undertreated conditions in the United States. Common reasons for this problem on the part of patients and health care professionals include the following:
? Not recognizing that a person has asthma.
? Not expecting enough from therapy.
? Not understanding the benefits and risks of different therapies.
? Not appreciating the chronic nature of asthma.
? Not adhering to preventive therapy.
? Not accurately assessing the severity of an episode.
? Not recognizing signs of deterioration.
? Not treating episodes adequately.
? Not identifying triggers associated with the patient?s asthma and failing to minimize or prevent exposure to such triggers (eg, cigarette smoke).
AF Risk Increases with More Pregnancies
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.