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10 Interesting Facts About Being Asthmatic
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It's World Asthma Day! Here's 10 different things you probably don't know about being asthmatic.

1. The majority of asthma-related deaths are a consequence of an oxygen deficiency, rather than cardiac arrest.

The swift administration of oxygen can hold off asthma-related deaths.

2. Over 20 million Americans have asthma.

In 2018, over 4,000 Americans are expected to die from an asthma attack. (the majority of these could have been prevented with sufficient care and a proper Asthma Action Strategy.

3. The majority of asthmatics that suffer a prospectively fatal attack had not listened to the doctor's orders.

This means that they weren't taking the medicine that they'd been prescribed. Or they had put off pursuing treatment, or neglected their inhaler.

4. Boys are twice more likely to become asthmatic than girls.

Though the particular reason is not known. Studies illustrate that boys have more of a likelihood of having a positive allergy test, of demonstrating more bronchial hyper-responsiveness and to seem to have different patterns of airway function development. 

5. African Americans are more likely to develop asthma.

Recent studies illustrate higher prevalence for bronchial responsiveness and higher lgE serum levels in African Americans, as compared to whites.

6. Most fatal asthma attacks do not take place in a hospital.

The majority of patients that get to the hospital with a central nervous system that's intact, survive.

7. Overusing Albuterol does not increase the risk of a fatal asthma attack.   

Though it still should not be abused.

8. In the last decade, the number of people with asthma increased by 15%.

This could be due to a number of factors, including environment and lifestyle.

9. The NHS spends around 1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma.

Asthma is clearly a pretty common condition!

10. 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).

The health services are doing their best to treat those of you out there that have it!

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