Implications of a Naturally Occurring Asthma Exacerbation
“Vascular Implications of a Naturally Occurring Asthma Exacerbation”
Although asthma is a disease of the airways, research is now showing that asthmatics are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to non-asthmatics. Vascular dysfunction is seen in people at high risk of CVD and has been linked to inflammation. During an asthma attack, levels of inflammation in the whole body increase, which could potentially explain why asthmatics are at increased risk of CVD. In the proposed study the investigators will examine if asthma attacks lead to increased risk of CVD by evaluating inflammatory levels and vascular function directly following asthma attacks, 2 days and 14 days after discharge. The investigators will compare these results to non-asthmatics. The results from this study will help us understand why asthmatics are at increased risk of CVD.
Observational - No intervention
Vascular Implications of a Naturally Occurring Asthma Exacerbation