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Asthma and Older Adults



Many older adults have asthma. Some people develop it late in life. For others, it may be a continuing problem from younger years. The cause is not known.

Asthma in older adults presents some special concerns.

The normal effects of aging can make asthma harder to diagnose and treat. So can other health problems that many older adults have, such as emphysema and heart disease.

Also, older adults are more likely than younger people to have side effects from asthma medicines. When some asthma drugs and other medicines are taken by the same person, they can combine to produce harmful side effects. Doctors and patients must take special care to watch out for and address these concerns through a complete diagnosis and regular checkups.

Reprinted with the Permission from the National Institutes of Health

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