A substantial proportion of elderly Americans with asthma are not being properly diagnosed and treated, according to a new study.
In last month's Chest, researchers from Boston University and the Universities of Arizona, Washington, and Pittsburgh analyzed data on asthma that were taken from a large population-based study of cardiovascular disease in people older than 65 years. In the original study of 4581 participants, 4% had confirmed asthma, 4% experienced wheezing and dyspnea, and 11% reported wheezing episodes.
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