According to the U.S. National Center for Health
Statistics, in 2005:1
More than 32 million people reported that they
had at one time been diagnosed with
Of those who were diagnosed with
asthma, more than 22 million reported that they still had it. Of these, about 6
million were children and 16 million were adults.
More than 12
million people reported having had an asthma attack during the previous 12
months. In other words, about 55% of the people who had asthma at the time of
the survey had had an asthma attack in the previous year.
In 2004, asthma caused 1.8 million visits to the hospital
emergency room for asthma. Children age 4 and younger had to go to the
emergency room the most often. In 2003, about 4,000 people died of
You’ve been battered by a recent layoff, and high-stakes job interviews are taxing your nerves. As your financial worries mount, so do your attacks of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Is there a relationship between asthma and stress?
Yes, says Peter Gergen, MD, MPH, a senior medical officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Although stress won’t prompt a new case of asthma, it may worsen the disease in people who already have it, Gergen says. “During periods...
Although many people with asthma
suffer from poorly controlled symptoms, evidence suggests that when taken
correctly, currently available medicines work very well to control
symptoms in the majority of people who have asthma.
National Center for Health Statistics (2010). Asthma prevalence, health care use and mortality: United States, 2003-2005. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/asthma03-05/asthma03-05.htm.