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Evaluation: Numerous deaths in asthma patients could be avoided


The majority of asthma deaths could be avoided
Asthma is a chronic respiratory illness. Sufferers often experience seizures with shortness of breath due to the inflammation of their airways. Researchers have now found that in the UK alone, about three people die every day from the effects of asthma attacks. The experts believe that the majority of these deaths would be avoidable.

The researchers from the Asthma UK Center for Applied Research at The University of Edinburgh found that most deaths from asthma attacks were preventable. The experts published the results of the study in the medical journal "BioMed Central".

What triggers the seizures?
Asthma (bronchial asthma) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract. In people with asthma, the inflammation leads to seizures with difficulty in breathing. This happens due to narrowing of the airways. The causes for this are an increased secretion of mucus, a formation of edema of the bronchial mucosa and a spasm of the bronchial muscles.

Treatment needs to focus more on primary care
Doctors found that three people die every day in the UK alone from asthma attacks. Current treatment in the UK costs around 1.1 billion a year. The experts emphasize that the majority of deaths could be avoided by revising the treatment methods. The report's authors stated that treatment of the disease should focus more on primary care.

What helps with asthma?
People with asthma have long hoped for effective treatments. For example, yoga relieves the symptoms of bronchial asthma, and natural raw milk, for example, is said to protect children from asthma. But sufferers can make big mistakes themselves, which makes treatment difficult. For example, wrong inhalation techniques hinder disease control.

Smart inhalers can save costs and save lives
Despite the fact that we spend over a billion pounds a year on fighting asthma, many people still don't get the best care, says Kay Boycott of Asthma UK. For this reason, the treatment of asthma urgently needs to be improved, the experts explain. Another approach is urgently needed. The so-called smart inhalers could make a big difference in treatment here. This technology can reduce asthma attacks and treatment costs, the doctors add.

Britain is suffering from one of the largest asthma strains in the world
The results of the study confirm that people in the UK are particularly affected by asthma. More than 18 million people suffer from asthma here during the course of their lives. This is one of the highest levels of asthma in the world.

Diseases need to be better understood by those affected
It is important to better understand long-term diseases like asthma and COPD in general. For example, it became known some time ago that patients very often have no idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtheir serious lung disease. Those affected need to understand these diseases better in order to be able to better manage their own health, the scientists say. This eliminates the need for extensive hospital treatments, for example. For example, many people with COPD think it would be better for them to stop exercising. But even with COPD, it is better not to do without sports, experts warn in another study.

An increased focus on basic services is urgently needed
Even with conservative assumptions, an estimated nearly 100,000 people are hospitalized annually for asthma. In addition, there are at least 1,000 asthma-related deaths each year in the UK alone, explains Professor Aziz Sheikh from the Asthma UK Center for Applied Research at the University of Edinburgh. These figures are not acceptable. Most people can effectively treat and manage the disease with the help of their doctor. An increased focus on primary care is needed, the researchers say. This can lower the rates of asthma attacks, hospital admissions and deaths. (as)

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